Here’s a question from a reader:

Redwood Drive is the frontage road west of Highway 101 in Rohnert Park.  If you head north onto Redwood Drive from Business Park Drive, next to The Press Democrat facility, there is not a speed limit sign until just before Wilfred.  There used to be a sign previous to the 101 construction, but it has gone missing for a year or more.

This has affected some of our industrial park customers since the police have used the restaurant parking lot at the north end of the straight stretch to radar catch the “speeders.” Unfortunately, the drivers do not know what the speed limit is unless they have ESP.  Thanks,  Tom

The answer comes from Michael Bracewell, utilities services supervisor of the City of Rohnert Park, who did some digging into what the speed limit should be. He reported back that it’s 40 mph from Rohnert Park Expressway north to about In-N-Out Burger where it drops to 35 mph. He’s also looking into the missing sign and replacing it.

Here’s another question:

Are there any plans to provide access to the traffic cams that have been set up along the renewed sections of 101.  Seems like the only hole in Caltrans accessible traffic cams is in Sonoma County.  John, Santa Rosa

The answer comes from Caltrans spokesman Robert Haus, who said traffic cameras are being set up along the stretch of Highway 101 being widened from Rohnert Park to Petaluma. He said it’s unknown when they’ll be operational but promises to let us know.

Caltrans has traffic cams all over the state  – CLICK HERE  to check them out — and they’re pretty cool and useful.

A final question:

Will Caltrans’ work to redo the intersection of Highways 12 and 121 south of Sonoma eliminate the flooding that happens there every winter? S

The answer also comes from Haus: “The project at 12/121 won’t be able to mitigate the flooding. That’s caused by the surrounding topography, not the road design.”


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  1. Peggy

    The slow lane on 101 north from Windsor to Healdsburg Dry Creek Road exit is full of patch work and is quite awful & bumpy to drive on. When is that going to be fixed?

    April 21st, 2012 12:01 am

  2. wango fango

    “The answer also comes from Haus: “The project at 12/121 won’t be able to mitigate the flooding. That’s caused by the surrounding topography, not the road design.”
    However, your automobile registration allows you to launch watercraft in the flooded zone at no extra charge. Remember to wear a lifejacket (personal flotation device) when driving through flooded roadways and wait an hour after eating at a drive-through before swimming on flooded highways.

    April 21st, 2012 4:27 am

  3. Michael Bracewell

    I often see motorcycles on the highway passing between cars either when traffic is moving slow or close to the speed limit. While I’m always watchful for this happening and I always worry about hitting a motorcycle, one hitting me, or one clipping my car while passing and crashing. Are motorcycles allowed to pass between cars? What happens if they are passing between two cars and an accident happens, who would be at fault for the accident? What happens if a motorcycle is passing between cars and in front of them a car is making a lane change while using a turn signal and hits the motorcycle that is cruising between cars? Thanks, Mike

    April 21st, 2012 9:35 am

  4. Capttan Kona

    It is the job of the Government to replace speed limit signs. Any ticket issued for speeding in that zone should be immediately dismissed, unless all the employees and elected officials responsible wish to pay a huge fine that is, for endangering the public.

    April 21st, 2012 11:05 am

  5. ER

    I find it funny, although it isn’t, that the fire station at the Schellville intersection is right where the flooding takes place. Not a very good idea to have the fire station marooned in flood waters.

    April 21st, 2012 4:09 pm

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