Be prepared for slowdowns on Highway 101 through Santa Clara and Sunnyvale this week. Caltrans reports that it will be doing periodic lane reductions on the southbound and northbound lanes of Highway 101 through both cities.
According to the agency, maintenance crews will be performing highway sweeping operations. Lanes next to the center divide and the right-hand shoulder will be closed to give crews clearance to work.
The closures will start at 13th Street in San Jose and go all the way up to Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View. They are expected to take place from today through Friday, Jan. 19. Closures will start around 9 a.m. each morning and then complete at 4 p.m., just before rush hour traffic starts to pick up.
Caltrans asks that drivers reduce their speed when traveling through work areas and to be prepared for delays.
Remember that the state has strict fines for drivers who do not “Slow for the Cone Zone.” Under state law, traffic violations in work zones can be $1,000 or more.
Move Over and Slow Down in Work Zones
When crews are working on highways, drivers must move over and slow down.
According to the DMV handbook, this includes when you see a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck flashing amber warning lights or stopped road work vehicles with emergency flashing or amber warning lights.
- Do not speed; obey the posted speed limits.
- Stay alert and expect the unexpected.
- Watch for workers and drive with caution.
- Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Avoid using mobile phones when driving through work zones.
- Turn on headlights so workers and other drivers can see you.
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
- Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
- Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
- Be patient.