If you’ve ever wondered why the county’s roads are among the state’s worst, now’s the time to ask the woman in charge of maintaining and fixing them. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Sonoma County Public Works Director Susan Klassen will be featured on a free panel discussion about the sorry state of our roads.

The “Sonoma Valley Road Summit” will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.¬†at Ramekins, 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Boyes Hot Springs resident Gina Cuclis is organizing the discussion along with Save Our Sonoma Roads, a grassroots advocacy group founded in 2011 to improve the condition of Sonoma County roads. Founders Craig Harrison and Michael Troy will be on the panel, as will County Supervisor Susan Gorin.

“The objective is to provide information that is concrete, honest and useful for those of us who live every day with the problem of our county’s crumbling roads,” said Cuclis, who also is a County Board of Education trustee.

Harrison and Troy recently released a white paper earlier this month after calculating the number of Sonoma County roads and the amount of state gas tax allocated to last year to maintain them — about $9,300 per mile in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. That’s more than about 70 percent of the other counties, yet Sonoma roads are among the state’s worst.

Expect to hear more about that WHITE PAPER, and possible reasons why, at the upcoming summit.

Read which roads Road Warrior readers selected as the worst in the county HERE.


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