The ever exciting Highway 101 Poplar Ave. on/off-ramp has undergone the first change since the sound walls went up years ago. And more is coming. Caltrans has added metering lights part way into the southbound merge lane and next according to this Daily Journal article
After nearly 15 years of planning, San Mateo city officials will construct a median along Poplar Avenue that would span from Highway 101 through Idaho Street. City officials hope to begin construction next year, and the improvements would only allow right turns to be made from drivers heading either direction toward Poplar Avenue from both Amphlett Boulevard and Idaho Street, said San Mateo Senior Engineer Gary Heap.
The neighbors weighed in as well
Ben Toy, president of the San Mateo United Homeowners Association, lives just around the corner from the intersection. A few have complained about the new lights, but Toy said he doesn’t think it’s intensely exacerbating the existing problem.
Toy said although the lights may not have a significant impact at Poplar Avenue, he is concerned that the eventual street improvements could lead to unintended consequences.
“There’s a bigger problem that’s happening right now, throughout the whole Peninsula, not just San Mateo and it’s been coined ‘diverted traffic,’” Toy said.
As president of SMUHA, Toy said he constantly hears from residents who live near main thoroughfares like Highway 101 and State Route 92 who are finding more and more people driving through their neighborhoods to avoid traffic and poorly planned intersections.
Amen to that, Mr. Toy. And it starts with new traffic sources popping up with large loads and no planning-- like this one!