HAYWARD — The city converted one block of B Street from Foothill Boulevard to Second Street to a two-way street over the weekend.
The block had been one way west. B west from Foothill to Watkins Street continues to be one way.
The lanes on the new two-way stretch are marked fairly clearly, and there didn’t seem to be any problems when I drove it Sunday. But then, the lanes are marked clearly on C Street at Foothill, and drivers still are turning left from the second lane even though the arrow on the roadway indicates it’s a through lane, not a turn lane.
The change on B Street should make it easier for drivers coming from Jackson Street to merge over to the right lane to head east if they want to drive up B. Before, they had one block to cross several lanes while dealing with traffic coming from Mission Boulevard in order to turn right onto C Street. I tried it a few times, and I was only able to get over in time because some nice driver let me in. They now have an extra block to make the merge.
But the light at B and Second seemed to be very slow to change, favoring traffic on Second. I was beginning to think it wasn’t working.
Second was being paved Saturday around A Street.
Work continues on the roads downtown. Not all the crosswalks are painted, but all the lanes seem to be marked.