Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Here It Is, Here’s the Result of $50,000,000(!) Worth of Pacific Coast Highway Reconstruction – Reconnecting Muir Beach with Stinson Beach

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

This was your view a few days ago, looking south (east? southeast?) along Highway One from Rocky Point Road near Stinson:

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At the time, Google Maps said that this road was open but two signs saying ROAD CLOSED overruled that I suppose.

Here are all the deets about all the activity the past year.

And here’s a recent Google Maps update:

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A few days ago, Google had the stretch of road north of the red arrow as squiggly red, to show that it was closed to most people all the way up to Stinson Beach. These days, Google shows everything as open as far as I can see. (I’m just a tourist way up there, some 12 miles north of Frisco County, so usually G,IJDK what’s going on.)

Here’s part of where your money is going, on all matter of earth movers and mobile cranes:

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Whoo boy, $50 mil…

“Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Highway 1 Between Muir Woods & Stinson Beach to Open Thursday, January 4, 2018

 
State of California • Department of Transportation

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 

Today’s Date: January 3, 2018
District: 4 – Oakland
Contact: Steve Williams
Phone: (510) 286-6195

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Caltrans To Open Highway 1 Between Muir Woods And Stinson Beach 
Thursday, January 4, Before Noon

One-Way Traffic Control to be In Place
MARIN COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today the closed portion of State Route 1 between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach will open to one-way traffic control on Thursday, January 4, sometime before noon. 

The stretch of roadway was closed since February of 2017 to the extensive storm damage. Drivers should anticipate lengthy delays because there are still six active projects along that section of Highway 1. There will be flaggers and signalized operations, along with stepped up construction zone enforcement throughout the entire corridor. The majority of those projects will be complete by June, 2018. 

More information is available by visiting this link: 
http://www.dot.ca.gov/d4/stormdamageprojects2017

To date, the repairs for all the projects on that corridor are approximately $50 million. 

For real-time traffic, click-on Caltrans Quick Maps: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

For 24/7 traffic updates, go to 511.org: https://twitter.com/511SFBay 

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/caltransd4 

Please be #WorkZoneAlert

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Taking a Break – Have a Great 2018

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Gentle Readers, I must leave you. Why, I cannot say. Where, you cannot know. How I will get there, I haven’t decided yet. But one thing I can tell you, any time I hear the wind blow it will whisper the name, Gentle Reader. And so let us part with a love that will echo through the ages.

Plus it’s been a decade of regular postings. Posts’ll be sporadic at best in future…

Leaving you with the dolphins of Fort Funston:

Baby dolphins too, avec maman:

Have a great 2018!

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Gopher: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park

Friday, December 29th, 2017

It’s the circle of life:

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Buteo jamaicensis vs. Thomomys bottae

World Famous Mavericks Surf Competition Could be a GO – Between January 3 and February 28, 2018, Weather Permitting – Women Invited for the First Time

Friday, December 29th, 2017

This is news to me, if not to you. Via Elliott Almond:

HALF MOON BAY — The big-wave surf contest at Mavericks is a go for the upcoming winter season and it’s going to include women for the first time. The World Surf League announced Monday it has added the popular contest as the fourth event on its Big Wave Tour calendar for the 2017-18 season.

And here’s the latest:

HALF MOON BAY — The big-wave surf contest at famed break Mavericks has received approval from various government agencies and will be held between Jan. 3 and Feb. 28, the World Surf League announced Thursday.

If not the beginning of 2018, perhaps at the end…

(I guess they are keeping the name Titans of Mavericks.)

This was as close as I got, back in the Aughts:

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It’s a special event of course.

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Tink good toughts and then maybe everything will come together once again…

The Perils of “Slack Fill” – 8 Gums Sold in a Box What Could Have Easily Fitted a Dozen – I Am Undone

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

I’ll tell you, Costco doesn’t / didn’t do this to you (as much), but Frisco’s store #144 in SoMA no longer sells gum, as best as I can figure.

So off to a new purveyor. Check it:

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Man, I coulda had four more gums!

But the package had a giant “8” on it, so I can’t complain.

(That’s how they get you…)

MIschief Managed: “OVER 3 TONS” Route Prohibition Signs Replaced by “OVER 5 TONS” – So Now Large SUV’s are A-OK

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Allow me to explain.

Take a look at this, from back in The Aughts:

SF Mayor’s Hybrid SUV is So Heavy it Needs an Exemption to be Legal on Many Streets

And then take a look at this, from college-boy Andy Bowers:

California’s SUV Ban

Anyway, that was then and this is now:

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Now this sign aint in Frisco, but it’s the logical fix.

So if regular old SUV’s start to come close to being too heavy (be it actual weight, or curb weight, or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) for existing laws, well then simply change the laws, right?

Five tons is way heavy.  Even the massive Ford Excursion, which left us some dozen years ago  is under 5 tons no matter how you  slice it.

Anyway, that solves this intractable problem.

(So if Gavin Newsom ever visits town again and wants to see his old crib on Masonic, and he wants to get there in a large black SUV (as is his wont) he’d be barred from going up there using Masonic as a couple of the blocks up there still bar passage of OVER 3 TONS vehicles, I’m srsly. The quick fix for Frisco would be a bump to five tons, easy peasy)

END OF LINE.

Hammer’s Doing Well for Himself

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

One time I had a peek at Hammer’s Driver License. I was wondering, “MC Hammer or just plain Hammer, or something else?” IIRC, it was just plain “Hammer.”

I saw Hammer one time at 2 Embarcadero Center, when he was getting sued over something, and then another time on a JetBlue flight – he had three seats all to himself in the far back row. That was JB’s version of First Class, I thought.

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They sell this 3M wall hook stuff at Costco. I got it on sale. It’s super duper sticky.

So, as stated, Hammer’s Doing Well for Himself.

Punch Buggy Yellow: GSR – Der Gelb-Schwarzer Renner (Yellow-Black Racer)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

My first sighting.

Looks like we got a renner:

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This new one goes a tad faster than the original

Tent Encampment 1, Exit 73, Interstate 80, Christmas 2017

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

As seen from the I-80:

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Frisco’s Nicest Garage Owners: Gingerly Pulling Out Instead of Calling the SFMTA to Tow Away _Two_ Vehicles

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

I didn’t think they could make it but they did:

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Both of the parked cars are illegally parked, perhaps two feet away from where they should be. If only one had followed the rules, then this wagon could have gotten out easily, instead of requiring a spotter.

I cry foul.

Anyway, this is the worst I’ve seen, in all my years…