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Max Rockatansky:
For simplicity sake Iím borrowing from what I posted on Gribblenation this morning:

ďRecently the two lane segment of California State Route 41 (often referred to as the ďThe 2 Lane Death TrapĒ) from Excelsior Avenue north to Elkhorn Avenue was converted to a no-passing zone.  This past weeks the same segment was altered again for the center striped to be changed for the upcoming center K-Rail installation.  The K-Rail installations on California State Route 41 will be taking place between August 1st-6th and is the first such zone in Caltrans District 6.  Some other two lane State Highways which have center K-Rail installations include; CA 25 north of Hollister, CA 12 in the Sacramento River Delta and CA 37 along San Pablo Bay.Ē

Photo 3 on the link below has the Caltrans announcement regarding the 8/1-8/6 K-Rail installation. 

https://www.facebook.com/72868503020/posts/10158117948488021/?d=n

SeriesE:
CA-152 needs this treatment on its two lane portion too.

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: SeriesE on August 01, 2021, 02:28:30 AM ---CA-152 needs this treatment on its two lane portion too.

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Iím tempted to make a joke that nobody can get to a fast enough speed on 152 from Gilroy to 156.  The issue at hand with 41 is largely politically driven and a recent event.  Personally I donít really see the corridor anywhere near as bad as say 152 east of Gilroy or any segment of two lane 156.  The speed at which this K-Rail conversion is happening really surprised me. 

heynow415:

--- Quote from: Max Rockatansky on August 01, 2021, 08:20:25 AM ---
--- Quote from: SeriesE on August 01, 2021, 02:28:30 AM ---CA-152 needs this treatment on its two lane portion too.

--- End quote ---

Iím tempted to make a joke that nobody can get to a fast enough speed on 152 from Gilroy to 156.  The issue at hand with 41 is largely politically driven and a recent event.  Personally I donít really see the corridor anywhere near as bad as say 152 east of Gilroy or any segment of two lane 156.  The speed at which this K-Rail conversion is happening really surprised me.

--- End quote ---

The one on 37 got installed in the same manner.  What became known as Frankie's wall was the result of him being killed in a head-on; one of many over the years when the section between Sears Point and Mare Island varied from 2 to 3 lanes which resulted in all sorts of crazy passing maneuvers. His death was the final straw (he was 18) which resulted in tremendous political pressure by a campaign initiated by his parents that got it funded and constructed in relatively short order.  Since it's on a levee there's not a lot of room to work with so the relatively consistent layout of it now, two lanes with median barrier and shoulders, was accomplished by removing the various alternating passing lanes that existed previously.   

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: heynow415 on August 02, 2021, 12:08:25 PM ---
--- Quote from: Max Rockatansky on August 01, 2021, 08:20:25 AM ---
--- Quote from: SeriesE on August 01, 2021, 02:28:30 AM ---CA-152 needs this treatment on its two lane portion too.

--- End quote ---

Iím tempted to make a joke that nobody can get to a fast enough speed on 152 from Gilroy to 156.  The issue at hand with 41 is largely politically driven and a recent event.  Personally I donít really see the corridor anywhere near as bad as say 152 east of Gilroy or any segment of two lane 156.  The speed at which this K-Rail conversion is happening really surprised me.

--- End quote ---

The one on 37 got installed in the same manner.  What became known as Frankie's wall was the result of him being killed in a head-on; one of many over the years when the section between Sears Point and Mare Island varied from 2 to 3 lanes which resulted in all sorts of crazy passing maneuvers. His death was the final straw (he was 18) which resulted in tremendous political pressure by a campaign initiated by his parents that got it funded and constructed in relatively short order.  Since it's on a levee there's not a lot of room to work with so the relatively consistent layout of it now, two lanes with median barrier and shoulders, was accomplished by removing the various alternating passing lanes that existed previously.

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What I found particularly amusing about the K-Rail/No Passing segment on CA 12 in the Delta is the hammy ďdrive to stay aliveĒ signs.  I always wondered if there was a similar story to what happened on CA 37:

https://flic.kr/p/2cLe54w

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