Just had to share this success story of one concerned citizen changing the course and affecting the outcome of a Caltrans (!) project by voicing his concern during Oct 14 MCC meeting that the guardrail work on Hwy 92 in certain sections is creating increased hazard for cyclists, with the steel rail encroaching to the fog line. Captain Maskarich was present, as he often is, to hear this report, and the very next morning he wrote the Council, “Following the MCC meeting last night, I inspected the guardrail on SR-92. I notified Caltrans of my observations and at 0100 hours this morning, a Caltrans team went out and stopped all work on the project. I was told the project will be re-engineered and a new guardrail will be put in place to accommodate more of a shoulder area.” Captain Maskarich is CHP Redwood City Area Commander. The guardrail issue was brought up by MCC councilmember Dan Haggerty.
UPDATE: Follow-up from Captain Maskarich: "Thank you for the kind words, but I feel Caltrans supervisor Dwight Caldwell and his team are the ones who really came through. Their prompt response and analysis of the installation of the guardrail were paramount in having this project re-directed. Not only was the installation potentially problematic to bicyclists and pedestrians, but Dwight felt big-rig trucks and all approaching traffic was also at risk. Dwight has been my "go-to" resource on many roadway safety issues and exemplifies the excellent working relationship that exists between Caltrans, the CHP, and the communities we serve."