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Will my pet street get repaired? What’s the hold up on Adobe Road? When will Caltrans fix the Highway 1 rut near Timber Cove? Road Warrior got the answers.

Question: I’ve lived in the Roseland area for two years and I’m so frustrated about a particular stretch of street that so needs repair. The second maybe 20 feet of West Avenue, just past where it meets Sebastopol Road. I wouldn’t think much of it except that it is a point of very high use. Really HIGH use. Cars in and out every time the light changes.

Obviously not so much used as Stony Point, or even Dutton as they cross Sebastopol Road ; but West is the third main artery of Roseland. (setting aside Hearn.) I have heard the budget for street repairs is inadequate, but my frustration stems from it being a short stretch at a corner with very significant rate of use , i.e. therefore should rank pretty high on the do next list. I’d like suggestions about where I might write. — Clarinda Moore

Answer: West Avenue is not a primary roadway as designated by the Board of Supervisors and at this time there are no plans for any paving at this location. I will take a look at the conditions where the writer mentions and see what if anything needs to be done. If there are pot holes, we will repair them.

The public can advise us of pavement problems by phone (565-5100) or on the COUNTY WEBSITE by sending us a message will some details (road address, type of problem, etc.) — Tom O’Kane, deputy director, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department

Question: For about the past week, traffic traveling south on Petaluma Hill Rd towards Penngrove has been backing up at Adobe Rd for 1/2 mile or more at the traffic light during 8 a.m. rush hour. There is a tiny bit of construction about 1-2 miles north of here that is not really impeding traffic, so I can’t see why this would explain the new congestion at Adobe Rd. It used to be that I could drive right up to the light at Adobe Rd and proceed without delay during the morning commute. Now I’m 40+ cars back and it takes 3-4 cycles of the traffic light before I can get through the intersection. Once I get through the Adobe Rd light, traffic is fine again.

What is going on? Was the traffic light frequency changed? I thought maybe there was a wreck or construction on 101 that forced people to look for alternate routes, and perhaps increased traffic through Penngrove, but I went down 101 yesterday and didn’t see anything going on there, either. After a week of this, I’m starting to wonder. — Ben

Answer: The Adobe Road/Petaluma Hill intersection was repaved earlier this year, so there is no road work in progress, says O’Kane. Staff members checked the timing on that traffic signal Wednesday and Thursday and found nothing out of the ordinary.  “There is a pedestrian phase that is set for the children who walk to and from the school,” he added. “Even though school is out right now, it still operates at the same timing when the button is pushed. I assume that could have delayed the traffic movement.”

Question: Last year, I believe, the phone company laid down some fiber optic cable along a long stretch of Hwy I, down the middle of the N/B lane north of Timber Cove.  The entire roadway appears to have been repaved, but now the new pavement is buckling right down the middle of the lane exactly where the cable was laid, creating a ridge in the surface of the road that goes on for miles.

It is very disruptive to the stability of motorcyclists and to some degree autos if you hit that ridge.  Who is responsible for repair and when is this going to be fixed?  It’s certainly not going to get better if it is left as it is. — Ken Kimari

Answer: In general, contractors are always responsible for repairing the roads after they’re done installing cable or making repairs. In this case, it appears that Verizon made repairs that didn’t hold up after Caltrans repaved Highway 1. Caltrans spokesman Allyn Amask tells us that a solution is expected this week.

Verizon proposed a way to fix the pavement that Caltrans has returned with “comments for Verizon to address,” Amask said. “Verizon indicated they will be responding to our comments this week to come up with an acceptable solution.”

 

 

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