Whose responsibility is it to maintain the landscaping around highway parcels? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

Steve Mosher wrote in to ask about a lot near the Airport Boulevard freeway exchange that was so full of weeds he could barely walk past them on the sidewalk. He said last year mowing crews never visited the parcel, which runs from the Chevron Station to the U.S. 101 southbound on ramp.

“This year nothing except for the trees they cut down nearby,” Mosher said. “The stickers and even the ticks are a nuisance. Some folks have gotten ticks on themselves and their dogs, plus it is now a fire hazard. Can you get someone to mow that section please?”

Tom O’Kane, deputy director of the county’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, knew the location and described it as a kind of “no person’s” land that falls between jurisdictions. “The area is most likely within the limits of the U.S. 101/Airport interchange project,” he said, adding that “the writer is correct. The weeds encroach onto the sidewalk.”

Two days later he reported that the Caltrans maintenance officer was very responsive to his request for service. In two more days, Mosher reported a happy ending: “They mowed it! Thank you very much!”

There are two ways to report similar problems with Sonoma County roads. Send an email from THIS LINK on Sonoma County’s website, or call the county’s Road Maintenance Division at 565-5100.

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  1. Dar

    The “Happy Ending” title was quite misleading ;)

    May 16th, 2013 9:15 am

  2. Yolanda Barbados

    You may want to reconsider your use of the phrase “happy ending” unless you want the vice squad checking you out. Thanks for the laugh, anyway. Your golden headline got me to read the story; I guess this is what good news is about.

    May 16th, 2013 11:17 am

  3. Road.Warrior

    I’m glad you liked it, Yolanda.

    May 16th, 2013 11:20 am

  4. Bill

    All this talk by bike lovers about their problems with cars; should get their house clean first. I walk regularly at Spring Lake. Bike riders passing walkers closely very rarely announce they are passing (ie. “on your left”). Also even when there is plenty of room they will pass with in 3 or 4 inches of walkers. And they totally ignore the signs that advise walkers have the right of way.

    May 16th, 2013 5:30 pm

  5. jeff

    Lame comments about vice aside, I’m glad the weeds got cut.

    May 17th, 2013 7:33 am

  6. Jeremy


    I’m sorry you’ve experienced a rude bicyclist. Like you, in fact today, I was out riding my bicycle and someone in a car passed me very closely. It was clearly intentional since the driver waved something at me, maybe his middle finger? So maybe he was walking along the bike path like you and was passed too closely and thought the only way to solve this problem is to find the next cyclist on the road and scare the you know what out of him. Maybe what we all need to do is thicken up our skin a little and stop complaining about what everyone else is doing? Maybe instead of trying to make the world a perfect place we should accept the flaws? Maybe we should spread a little kindness instead of reciprocating anger?

    May 30th, 2013 8:42 pm

  7. Bill

    So many Northbay roadways, including Hwy 101, look like third world dump sites. Your tax dollars NOT at work !

    June 5th, 2013 10:29 am

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