Metering Light is Causing Gridlock
Original post made by Bill, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Feb 3, 2014
Why is Caltrans allowed to turn on freeway metering lights when doing so causes gridlock on city streets? Today was the worst I have ever seen the section of Bernal leading to the southbound i680 on ramp. Bernal/Valley was gridlocked, Koll Center Drive was gridlocked, The northbound off/on ramp intersection was gridlocked, and traffic eastbound on Bernal was backed up to the Alamo Canal bridge. I thought that the city had an input into when metering lights could be turned on. It is becoming dangerous along this stretch of road in morning as people do the craziest things to try and cut ahead of the other cars. To add insult to injury, i680 was free flowing with cars driving 55+mph from Pleasanton to Washington Blvd in Fremont. Traffic was backed up on Auto Mall Parkway because the signal lights at Auto Mall and i680 were blinking red (controlled by Caltrans of course).