Q: When will we see work on our roads that the 12-cent per gallon gas tax will pay for? Soon, I hope.
A: Soon it will be. Even though the new gas tax won’t kick in until November, the state has given the green light to accelerate $285 million of work on 13 projects this summer and another 50 jobs by 2018.
Up first is $128 million to raise several bridges in the MacArthur Maze along Interstate 80 and I-580 and another $40 million for the University Avenue overpass on I-80 in Berkeley.
Also on the hurry up list is Highway 59 near Merced and Route 113 in Solano County, Highway 101 near Santa Barbara and more than 40 miles of freeways and highways in Los Angeles.
Most of the $52 billion coming in over the next decade is earmarked for pavement repairs on 17,000 lane miles. When this work is finished, 98 percent of pavement on state facilities will be in good or fair condition, up from 85 percent today.
Q: So, for the first time in forever, I have a truly new car, with dealer paper plates and everything. Does this mean I can use the Golden Gate Bridge and maybe other bridges toll-free until my plates arrive?
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A: Yes, up to 90 days. But paper plates will be outlawed on new cars in 2019 when you’ll get new, temporary metal plates before driving off the dealer’s lot.
Q: I have a Mazda Miata MX-5, which only seats two people. Since the car only holds two, if both seats are occupied may I use the carpool lanes that require three persons? And if so, do I then set my FasTrak Flex pass to three?
A: Yes and yes.
Q: Due to a retinal detachment, I have vision only in one eye. Will I be able to pass the driver’s test that is required at age 70?
A: Go see a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist for an exam before going to the DMV if you haven’t had your vision checked within the last two years, or if you think your eyesight has deteriorated since your last renewal. If you do not meet the DMV’s vision standard of 20/40, you will be given an examination (DL 62) form and asked to see a vision specialist.
Q: I had a great time last year at DMV in Pleasanton. Made an appointment. Total time about a half-hour. Since I was turning 70 I had to renew in person. Pleasant, chatty people in line and at the counter. And my DMV photo is one of my best ever.
A: How can life be any better? In and out quickly and a terrific photo.
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