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Worst Stretch of highway ANYWHERE

Original post made by driverX on Mar 5, 2010

OK, I have had enough of this stretch of road. It's dangerous. It's poorly designed. It's full of ridges, holes and bumps. It's the bane of my commute. It's the stretch of Highway 85 North just after getting off Route 280 North, and just before the W. Fremont Ave/Los Altos Exit. Three lanes merge into one, very quickly and with no warning. Cars are speeding up to pass on the right, and have no clue that the right lane is about to disappear. I have had to shift quickly into the left lane to avoid a collision with one of these cars. Then the left lane has a huge ridge down the middle too. I passed many accident scenes in that stretch of road. WHEN IS THIS GOING TO GET FIXED?

Comments (10)

Posted by elaine1, a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm


Posted by David, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I am in total agreement with driverX. This merge is a disaster waiting to happen.

Posted by AC, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

AC is a registered user.

I'm sorry David, I can't agree with you completely. I think that merge is a disaster that has happened several times already, and is just waiting for more.

Posted by Dorothy, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I live near this exit, and I totally agree!

Posted by Tom, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Many years ago I exited 280 to 85 north. At the dangerous spot cited, I had a flat on my left back wheel. My driver door opened up onto the right lane. Thankfully, a Highway patrolman soon pulled up behind me. He called AAA for me. He instructed me to sit in the passenger seat with the passenger door wide open. He directed me to move the rear view mirror so that I could see oncoming traffic. He said that if I saw that someone was going to plow into me, I should immediately run up to the top of the embankment. Then he left.

The AAA tow truck driver was brave. He changed the tire while he was out in the right lane of traffic. He replaced my tire, and I was on my way.

I'll always be thankful for those two highway heroes.

Posted by NW Resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

The traffic columnist for the SJ Merc reported last week that repaving this stretch of Hwy 85 is not scheduled to happen for 2 to 3 more years!

Here's a link to that column: Web Link

Posted by Voice of Reason, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Possible news for you: this junction lies outside the Mountain View city limits.

Posted by tommygee, a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Many years ago I decided that this stretch of highway 85 was dangerous. That right lane that is about to disappear, I one day discovered (WHEN I WAS NOT LOOKING)had a car that stopped in that lane. So there I was driving that curve and not looking ahead of me. I eventually looked in front of me and lo and behold there is this car stopped in the far right lane. So I quickly BORE LEFT and nearly hit this stopped car. Yes this stretch of 85 needs a re-working.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 9, 2010 at 5:36 am

Driving North on 85 through the area is no picnic either. I refer to it as the Gauntlet and stick to the left lane. I'm shocked at how many of my fellow 85 drivers will speed-up and cut off the poor souls trying to enter from 280. Let's hope people become more compassionate.

Posted by Ralph Buchanan, a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Drive it everyday; it's not the best but I think the merge situation is just going to be around for awhile; I don't see a fix. The road condition is not good. Obama, send more money!

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