Please put your tax dollar to work more effectively

Real Estate Agent with (408) 425-1601 CA bre 1519182

                                                                       Sam Shueh

                                                              Realty One Group

                                                               Silicon Valley, CA


I always think the local interstate freeways can be better paved.  During the Great Recession Feds put in a lot of money to create jobs for road improvement projects. However, out side the San Francisco metropolitan the highway lanes were left as before. If you are on the freeway the pot holes and floating tire threads are dangerous to drive over.  They finally got around to resurface highway I-101, a major road connecting several states. The resurface project is not cheap. I heard it costs ~$2M per mile and they have been dragging their feet doing it at night Since Cal Trans can not afford weekend overtime pay, it will keep all its lanes congested longer than tax payers cared for.


I saw this sloppy paint work paid by tax payers. The following is one of the better paint jobs.  Not sure why they missed here and there and lines go crooked. Granted they may need another layer and put finishing job some day.   



                            South Santa Clara County I-101 south bound just out side San Jose, CA

This photo above is one of the better painted lanes but have we ever learned how to paint street signs better? I think not. 



The following is what I learned about poor workmanship in America. Apparently the bad job have been around for years with and without painting trucks.


                         1917 USA road  center divider paint job-I suspect it was done without equipment


country road

                                                 country road location unknown-what happened?


                                                   after Shaffer (see sources)


As a realtor if we try to list a home not in its best looks leaving chalk marks and graffiti and provide sloppy marketing materials out don't you think your creditability is at stake?  The same goes to California Department of Transportation and Department of Transportation. Shame on you,



Shaffer, Scott (erased-bike-lane)

Alabama Road (road scapes-Road-paint job)

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Sam without a doubt that is the not the final layer of asphalt for the finished striping on the road.  Just be patient while progress is happening.

Aug 07, 2016 06:35 AM #1
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
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I'm with you. Our tax dollars can be spent/managed much more effectively then they are.

Aug 07, 2016 11:00 AM #2
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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To many people collect a paycheck and have no pride in the work they do.

Aug 07, 2016 02:30 PM #3
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

I agree with you, Sam! We get our share of crazy line painting here too, but our harsh winters make it necessary to repaint every year, so I know it's never permanent.

The point is, no matter what your job is, whether you are a neurosurgeon or a highway line-painter, you should take pride and do it well.

Aug 15, 2016 11:40 PM #4
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Sept 4 , 2016 San Jose Mercury News:
Regarding Highway 101 between San Jose and Gilroy

Can you remind CALTRANs not to DRINK and Stripe , especially while blindfolded? 

R. Bennett

Sep 04, 2016 05:18 AM #5
Sam Shueh
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This is temporary. The State will restripe, when the paving is done in a few weeks.

Mr Roadshow

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