Two new questions from Road Warrior readers and their answers:

Get the lights working, already

The 6th Street crossing at Morgan that goes under Hwy 101 continues to have Traffic Signal Issues. Traffic on 6th can sit for 3, 4, 5 up to (what seems like) 10 mins at times, typically resolved when a pedestrian pushes the button to cross. While it is never LEGAL to ignore a Red Light, drivers have had to cross thru on Red “When Safe” I assume most officers would understand as I have seen SRPD pull out to stop traffic on Morgan at times. What does Caltrans or SR City Traffic control have to say about this intersection? - Frustrated

City traffic engineer Rob Sprinkle said it sounds like there is a detection problem where vehicles are not getting detected correctly.  He sent the signal tech to check it out and “tweak the detection a little. Let us know if your reader continues to experience a problem.”

When it comes to when it’s safe to run a red light, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Mike Numainville declined to answer but added, “I can tell them who would be at fault if a collision occurred if they did run a red light.”  You got it, Frustrated. That would be you.

Why hasn’t the new traffic light at Fulton Road and Airport Drive been activated? It has just been blinking red since at least January. – K. Frazer

The signal could not be activated until the final paving & markings were completed – the asphalt was being placed the week of April 15 & the pavement striping is scheduled for the following – the signal will be activated as soon as this work is finished, maybe even this week. – Tom O’Kane, deputy director of the Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works.

Four lanes south of Hopland?

Could you find out from Caltrans if they are ever planning to reopen the closed 101-North lane by Squaw Rock again? Thank you! — AB

Caltrans has a permanent repair project scheduled for next summer (2014).  However, we will be monitoring the roadway and if we lose another lane, an emergency contract will be initiated to temporarily reopen all four lanes. – Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie, Jr.

As an aside, the rock formation towering over the Russian River and Highway 101 south of Hopland was renamed Frog Woman Rock in 2011, a less offensive name that reflects a Pomo Indian legend of a man-eating creature, part frog and part woman, who lived in a cave in the face of the rock. Read about the decision to rename it HERE.


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  1. sheryl

    Still Squaw Rock to everyone who drives by it.

    April 30th, 2013 8:25 am

  2. Sam

    “squaw” is not an offensive word, that is an old rumor based on the wrong language

    April 30th, 2013 8:41 am

  3. J Lorraine

    On Yulupa going south, just before crossing Hoen, why not make the right lane a right turn only lane? The lane ends just after crossing Hoen. People can and do hold up traffic on Yulupa so they can get ahead of all those others going straight. I sit there breathing fumes so they can gun it and cut in after crossing Hoen.

    April 30th, 2013 9:26 am

  4. Skippy

    I like to ski at Frog Woman Valley, USA!

    April 30th, 2013 9:57 am

  5. jody hampton

    I find Squaw ( the female equivilent of Brave ) more acceptable than man-eating, body like an ape, face like a frog woman, but then that’s just me.

    April 30th, 2013 9:58 am

  6. Guy

    And a man-eating creature, part frog and part woman, is less offensive than Squaw?

    April 30th, 2013 10:31 am

  7. Harry Martin

    Squaw Rock was considered offensive but choosing a name of a name of a legendary MAN-eater isn’t? What if this had been a woman-eater? Rather sexist it seems.

    April 30th, 2013 10:47 am

  8. jeff

    I once new a navy frogMAN who wasn’t offended by the name.

    April 30th, 2013 1:36 pm

  9. Tim

    As an aside, nobody around here cares that somebody in Sacramento decided to rename the rock Frog Woman Rock. We locals will continue to call it Squaw.

    April 30th, 2013 2:18 pm

  10. LeeRoy

    Just to be clear, I would NEVER blatantly run a red light.
    After sitting waiting for 5-8+ mins (maybe 10?), with many opportunities for the light to change, lots of breaks cross in traffic, and the line behind growing long, drivers would cross (illegally yes under Red) WHEN SAFE, No Cross Traffic and No Pedestrians.
    No Cross Traffic would be No Collisions thus No At-Fault issues!
    This light delay HAS been Much better, but last time I witnessed it someone got out of their car and pushed the Cross Walk Button to get it to change!

    April 30th, 2013 3:11 pm

  11. Jeff McDonald

    And in important news, the traffics lights are operational as of this afternoon at Fulton and Airport….

    April 30th, 2013 4:47 pm

  12. Brian

    Is the City of Santa Rosa planning on fixing the traffic signals along the Fountaingrove Parkway that change to red for no reason? It’s quite frustrating to be going uphill and have to stop & loose momentum to wait for the light to turn green again.

    April 30th, 2013 11:49 pm

  13. Road.Warrior

    I’ll ask the question and see what I find out.

    May 1st, 2013 11:14 am

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