Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

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Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View
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By Patti Gutshall

Heading south it is divided into two separate lanes.  One on the left large vehicles are not allowed.  The lane to the right is for all vehicles, trucks and buses.  The traffic merges back at the south end. Excuse the dirty windshield and I was not the driver.

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CMKR May 03, 2022 08:07 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

As is typical in all of the local construction zones, drivers regularly travel well over the speed limit, and when one attempts to travel at 55 miles an hour, one is typically tailgated by drivers who routinely practice very poor risk assessment. The lunacy of this kind of driving never ceases to amaze me, and its astonishing that it's become nearly ubiquitous.

While I was traveling down the "chute" last week, I was tailgated for miles at the speed limit by a large truck that refused to back off to a reasonable distance. It was quite unnerving, even though I am a very experienced driver, and it was so dangerous that I couldn't believe Caltrans had set things up this way. An accident in this location would be extremely difficult to deal with, and any assistance would be greatly delayed, on top of the massive traffic jam that would result. One can only hope that Caltrans will rethink it once they get enough input from the public. I'm going to give them a call today to voice my concerns, and I recommend others do the same. I will also contact our local community representatives to see what they can do to assist.

a-1651517518 May 02, 2022 11:51 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

We will see some truly catastrophic accidents with this incredibly dangerous, long-term setup. K-rails (those concrete guardrails) are the only thing dividing 55+ mph traffic. K-rails are not static objects, they are not secured to the ground. They can move 6 feet or more when hit with a vehicle at speed. Not to mention, they easily cause rollover accidents due to their angled sides. Very scary how they have chosen to set this up, I will be avoiding traveling south for sure while this project is going.

dukemunson May 02, 2022 02:53 PM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

We know people are going to be going with the flow at least 5 mph over the speed limit...so if they don't want people going over 55 mph, they should set it for 50 (or really mess with people's minds and go for 48 or 49 mph...why's it got to be increments of 5??!!!)

a-1651517866 May 02, 2022 11:57 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

To be clear, K-rails moving when hit is a good thing in most situations as it dissipates energy that you and your car would otherwise absorb. But in this situation, the k-rail goes directly into the path of oncoming traffic. Yikes.

CoastWatch May 02, 2022 08:42 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

The "traffic engineers" who design these construction detours must have been at the bottom of the hiring list / cheapest consultants...

Gary Mussell May 02, 2022 08:24 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

If it makes you feel any better, CalTrans did a similar project on the 60 near Hacienda Heights a few years ago that took 3 years to complete! Try living near there! I agree working 24 hr shifts would be ideal except for the extreme danger of a construction worker getting hit or worse. Perhaps they should bring back the shuttle boats that they used during the Thomas Fire a few years ago?

a-1651517753 May 02, 2022 11:55 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

That's a solid idea, someone should reach out to whatever company was doing that and propose it! Was it Island Packers?

SBZZ May 02, 2022 08:23 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

Did anyone see the backup this bottleneck caused yesterday PM? Traffic backed up to Santa Claus Lane! I appreciate the needed work, but wonder about CT's priorities - it took them quite a while to start work after they reduced that stretch of 101 down to 2 lanes.

Oak Man May 02, 2022 08:45 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

Well I didn’t see it but this seems too crazy to be true for all of our commuters? We have a lot of folx who need to get into town for work and this just seems crazy!! The traffic is already bad

FernaldPoint93108 May 02, 2022 05:55 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

Nobody is saying why this is being done so I will take a guess: are they planning on doing work on the left lane area at night and don’t want to put up cones every night so they are doing this instead?

Phantom Blot May 02, 2022 05:01 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

Oak Man, you need to take a drive to Ventura and back to experience the exciting car and truck shute that the inventive geniuses at CalTrans have provided for us. I know they work at night under intense lights, occasionally, but this work seems like it should be worth a round-the-clock approach to complete. It’s a thrill a minute on stimulating, never boring US 101!!!

a-1651517652 May 02, 2022 11:54 AM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

There is no excuse for there not to be 24/7 work at this location. I understand the argument against it in heavily populated areas, but here? Get to work and knock it out fast, Caltrans!

sbjoe May 01, 2022 08:46 PM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

The thing that bugs me the most about this is that is not some short term thing. It is going to be like this for 9 months. Then it will be the same setup for 9 months going the other way. If Caltrans need to have this set up to do some work, can they at least speed it up?

yacht rocked May 01, 2022 08:04 PM
Highway 101 Southbound Bypass View

The left lane is the gnarly one, with northbound traffic whizzing by just a few feet over the dividing K-rail, and another K-rail on the right side, turning it into the Rincon Bobsled Course. If there's an accident in that lane, they'll have to use a forklift or a crane to get it out of there.

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