Traffic Jammin’ with Janis Mara – Every Monday at 2pm on Claycord.com.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Greetings, all! This Claycord.com column is for everyone who negotiates the highways and public transit of the Bay Area. It runs every Monday at 2pm and answers your commuting and transportation questions.
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COMMUTER:Your friend Ray has never fixed the signal at Concord Boulevard and Sixth Street. Last week there was a line of 10 cars stopped on Concord Boulevard and Sixth. When the light turned green, only three or four could get through before it turned red again because a car showed up on Sixth.
Note: This happens after 7 p.m.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: The Jammer contacted Concord Traffic Czar Ray Kuzbari once again and Kuzbari and his superstar staff fixed the problem in one day. Or at least they adjusted the signal. Here’s what the Traffic Czar had to say:
We made a slight signal timing adjustment on Concord Blvd at Sixth Street to prevent this problem from happening again. Please note that PG&E is doing some construction work in the area and I’m told that they might have impacted vehicle detector loops in the pavement on Sixth Street, which may contribute to the traffic signal being less traffic responsive than normal. We will find out exactly what happened and get the problem fixed.
COMMUTER: I seem to recall a few months back that there was supposed to be an overall improvement of traffic light timing. As I remember, this was supposed to take place in June sometime.
So far, I have not seen ANY improvement, at least on Clayton Road, the transition from Clayton Road to Port Chicago, Concord Boulevard, or Concord Ave/Galindo/Market. Still the same old same old.
Have you any late info regarding this? Hope I wasn’t hallucinating!
–Walk Down Memory Lane, Road, Boulevard, Street and Way
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Good on you, WDMLRBSW, for remembering and calling it to the Jammer’s attention! Here’s what Ray Kuzbari had to say:
The signal retiming project was completed in June as the reader indicated. Many of the downtown traffic signals were not covered by this project including the Clayton Rd-Port Chicago Hwy transition going onto Concord Blvd. There is going to be another signal retiming project for downtown traffic signals that will be completed in June 2015. In the meantime, we will take a quick look at the current signal timings in the area to see if any interim adjustments can be made to improve traffic flow during the peak hours.
COMMUTER: I attend the Mormon Church at 2930 Treat, and the road there used to have a “suicide lane” which could be used to turn left into and out of both driveways.
In the past couple years though, a raised median was installed, leaving no room, except for the left turn used only (I assume) by people going to the fire station on the opposite side of the street. My assumption has always been that I must go up to De La Salle, make a U-turn, and then to all the way back and make a right turn into the church parking lot.
In addition, I assume no left turn should be made from the church lot onto Treat, but that I should go up to Oak Grove and U-turn. This is extremely annoying for people coming from the east, and leaving to the west. What says your resident police officer?
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Since “Annoyed” asked specifically for our beloved Claycord law enforcement officer, the Jammer forwarded her question to him. As ever, “Leo,” as we call him, went out of his way, literally, to investigate, driving past the scene. Here’s his response:
I’m working tonight so I drove by. Or as I like to say, I went to church. (Traffic Jammer: Ahahahahahaha!)
There is just enough two-way left turn lane (suicide lane) in front of the east driveway (nearest the fire station and shopping center) to turn across Treat Boulevard.
I’ve got to be honest: it’s not for the faint-hearted. Only the most steely drivers would dare this maneuver – at least with what I know about Treat Boulevard. It’s a busy arterial roadway.
Although inconvenient, it is so much safer to take the long-way-round.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Big thanks as ever to Leo for his help. One last thing: Don’t forget, the Jammer always loves to run photos of you with your beloved classic car, so don’t hesitate to send those along to email@example.com.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: That’s it for this week – see you next Monday. Be sure to cruise by Claycord.com at 2pm for more traffic intelligence. Remember, whether you drive, walk, bike or hop Amtrak, BART or AC Transit, Traffic Jammer Janis Mara is here to answer your questions.
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