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Right Lane forces you into Nob Hill parking lot at Grant Rd!!

Original post made by Frustrated, another community, on Sep 17, 2010

Who designed such a poor merge? Coming off rte 101 onto 237S at rush hour, it is impossible at times to move into the center lane which is backed up with a long line of cars. If you slow down and try to merge, then cars in back of you beep because they want to turn right. So you are forced to move forward and pass thru the intersection still in the right lane.

The problem is that when 237S becomes Grant Road just after the intersection with El Camino, the right lane ends and becomes a turning lane for the Nob Hill shopping center. I always put my left blinker on and try to merge, but often no one lets me in and the cars behind me beep because I am slowing them down. Now I have to turn into the Nob Hill center and find a way to turn around in that busy parking lot. This is a huge inconvenience! Anyone else experience this? I've seen other cars struggling when I'm in the center lane and I always let them in. But today I was the one struggling and no one gave me a break. In fact one man sped up and risked crashing into me just to prevent me from merging into the gap in front of him.

Sorry to rant, but when a road is so poorly designed, then I have to make a public appeal to my fellow citizens to be nice to each other on that patch of Grant Rd. If you see a car stuck in that dud right lane, please let them in!!!! Why should they be forced to go circling around the shoppers and their carts in the Nob Hill/ Ranch Market lot? I once was forced into that lot, had to stop every few feet to let several shoppers cross, ended up in the back of the center by the dog groomer and violin store, took a right onto Phyllis then had to backtrack my way thru neighnorhoods (with ditches and speed bumps!) to get to Cuesta then back onto Grant. Come on!

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Posted by North Whisman Neighbor
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

The right turn only lane into the Nob Hill shopping center was in place long before 237 was completed (the late 1990's) and became a main thoroughfare. For those of us who live in Mountain View, and do our shopping at the Nob Hill center, the right only lane is indispensable. Unfortunately, as you point out, drivers are rude and out of control. They would rather run you down than yield or help out another driver. But please remember that Grant Rd. is within city limits, and this shopping center serves many local neighborhoods.

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Posted by Frustrated
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

NW Neighbor: Thanks for the information. As a newer resident, I didn't know 237 was completed the in late '90s. Interesting! That makes sense that Grant Road was designed as so, but perhaps it's time for an update. As I get to know this area, I find many spots where the old, more rural Santa Clara County has an awkward fit with the newer, more populated Silicon Valley. I am not against the Nob Hill center at all, and shop there from time to time myself. All I ask is for some courtesy out there on the roads, especially when put in disadvantageous situations like that.

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