Flyover follies at Don Pacheco Y

Dear Editor,
We have been put on the backburner again! The needed

flyover

at the Don Pacheco Y (the intersection of highways 152 and 156)
has been pushed back for a long, long time. We have no choice in
this, but maybe a band-aid would move some traffic.
Dear Editor,

We have been put on the backburner again! The needed “flyover” at the Don Pacheco Y (the intersection of highways 152 and 156) has been pushed back for a long, long time. We have no choice in this, but maybe a band-aid would move some traffic.

On Friday evenings there is a tremendous vehicle backup on Highway 152 eastbound. The back-up extends back to U.S. 101, and on three-day weekends the bumpers go back to Masten Avenue, or even San Martin.

There are thousands of cars stopped, and thousands more, headed to Salinas and Monterey, slowed down on U.S. 101 south. This is all because of lack of a “flyover,” and we get the benefit of all the exhaust from those stalled cars.

This is not just a local problem! It affects many, many people from all over the south Bay Area. The “powers that be” should recognize this and give everyone an immediate band-aid.

The big “backup” is primarily caused by courteous drivers on Highway 152 stopping to let Highway 156 traffic cross over.

The best band-aid would be a CHP traffic officer directing. He could increase traffic flow tremendously.

Traffic control is hard, monotonous and very dangerous work. It would take two officers to spell each other, and that is very expensive.

There are a lot of local people who now go south to Highway 25 and jump on the already over crowded and dangerous road and go to Shore Road and then to Highway 156. This jams up Dunneville. Many others take Highway 25 to the signal near Hollister and save a great deal of time by getting eastbound on Highway 156. On the other hand, maybe we could get a signal light installed. It would be relatively inexpensive and fairly quick to install. This band-aid might move traffic on Highway 152 by 20-fold and get people on down the road.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Jim Laizure, Gilroy

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