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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