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Holiday level traffic comes early this year as Bay Area residents are lured north by a series of concerts, performances and the opening of the Graton Resort and Casino. Police are girded for a busy week. Motorists would be smart to do the same.

In addition, a long-term sewer project begins in Rohnert Park, the city’s general election is Tuesday and Caltrans will close an off-ramp at East Washington Street as part of the ongoing Marin-Sonoma Narrows widening project. Details of these and other North Coast road work planned for the week of Nov. 4 follow.

NOTICE OF POSSIBLE ROADWAY CONGESTION AND TRAVEL DELAYS

That’s the headline on a press release from the Petaluma Police Department. Officers are expecting heavy traffic to start Tuesday, opening day at the Graton Casino west of Rohnert Park off Golf Course Blvd. West, and advise motorists to expect delays on surface streets as well as Highway 101. Traffic impacts are expected to last two weeks.

Read Jeremy Hay’s storyabout police and CHP efforts to keep the traffic moving, described this way by CHP Officer Jon Sloat: “We’re planning for the worst, absolute gridlock and how to mitigate that. We are using the same incident command system as we would for a natural or man-made disaster.”

Green Music Center events are scheduled Saturday through Tuesday, Nov. 9-11 at Sonoma State University.  Heavy traffic is anticipated as residents travel to these events and may impact, and be impacted by, casino traffic.  Add extra time to your schedule and expect delays on U.S. 101 and adjacent streets in Rohnert Park.

The City of Rohnert Park’s General Election is Tuesday.  Heavy traffic is anticipated as residents travel to the polls and may impact, and be impacted by, casino traffic.  Add extra time to your schedule and expect delays on U.S. 101 and adjacent streets in Rohnert Park.

The Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa has evening performances scheduled Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 5 and 7-9. Heavy traffic is anticipated as residents travel to these events and may impact, and be impacted by, casino traffic.  Add extra time to your schedule to reach your destination and expect delays on U.S. 101 and adjacent streets in Rohnert Park.

Maintenance work will be done Monday on the Rohnert Park Expressway Overcrossing between Commerce Boulevard and Redwood Drive, before the big grand opening.

Commerce Boulevard will be receiving new striping between Highway 101 off-ramp and Golf Course Drive from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, with lane closures.

The Adrian Drive Sewer and Water Rehabilitation Project is coming to an end., with paving scheduled this week. No parking will be allowed on Adrian Drive between Santa Barbara and Arlen Ave. between 8 am – 5:30 pm.

Potholing for the East Side Trunk Sewer Project has begun at the corner of Avram Avenue and Commerce Boulevard and will continue to the railroad tracks on Southwest Boulevard.  Expect to see temporary detour signs and/or flaggers during daytime hours. Potholing should be completed by mid-November.

Highway 101/Washington Avenue

At 10 p.m. Monday, Caltrans is planning to close the northbound U.S. 101 off-ramp to East Washington Street in Petaluma to perform a lane shift from the right side to the left side of the ramp. The ramp currently supports two lanes and will continue to do so after this closure. The ramp will have four lanes upon completion of the project. The closure will run 10 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Sonoma County

Janine Crocker of the county’s Department of Transportation and Public Works said road maintenance crews are crack sealing Stewarts Point/Skaggs Springs Road in Healdsburg. Cal Fire crews are going to be on Burnside Rd and Vine Hill School Rd Tuesday & Wednesday. Cotati Road Yard will be out on Doran Park Road cutting brush.

Striping work will start Nov.5 on Old Redwood Hwy from Cotati to Petaluma, Doran Beach Road, Eastside Road from Windsor River Road to Wohler Road and Westside Road. traffic delays will be minor.

Porter Creek Rd has ongoing bridge construction this week west of Franz Valley Rd, expect up to 20 minute delays 7 am to 7 pm daily.

Arnold Drive at the Agua Caliente Road roundabout  is winding down – various landscaping projects are being done at this time.

Northern Counties

Caltrans spokesperson Phil Frisbee supplied the following roadwork updates from Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

Lake County

Route 53 (2.6/7.4) ‐ Highway widening and rehabilitation from Crawford Avenue to the junction of Routes 20/53 will continue through Friday, November 1.  Work hours are 7AM to 6PM, weekdays.  One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.  Contractor ‐ Teichert Construction of Davis.  LC#C53AA

Route 175 (24.0/28.0) ‐ AT&T of Santa Rosa has been issued a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility repairs from Anderson Springs Road to Bush Street.  Work hours are 8AM to 4PM, weekdays.  One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.  LC#P175BA

Mendocino County

Route 1 (3.2/79.3) ‐ Guardrail repairs at various locations from Pirates Drive to DeHaven Creek Road will continue.  Work hours are 7AM to 7PM, weekdays.  One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.  Contractor ‐ Coral Construction of Wilsonville.  LC#C1EA

Route 1 (33.4/33.9) ‐ Replacement of the Greenwood Creek Bridge will continue.  One-way traffic control with a temporary signal will be in effect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.  Contractor ‐ Golden State Bridge, Incorporated of Martinez.  LC#C1AA

Route 1 (92.6/93.0) ‐ Replacement of a culvert with a bridge at Dunn Creek will continue.  One-way traffic control with a temporary signal will be in effect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.  Contractor ‐ Shasta Construction of Redding.  LC#C1FA

Route 101 (4.5/5.0) ‐ Caltrans will perform slide repairs near the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (near Frog Woman Rock).  Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.  LC#M101GA

Route 271 (6.0/22.7) ‐ PG&E of Ukiah has been issued a Caltrans Encroachment permit for tree trimming from about 1.0 mile south of the Caltrans Leggett Maintenance Station to the Humboldt/Mendocino County line beginning Monday, November 4.  Work hours are 8AM to 4PM, weekdays.  One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.  LC#P271BA

 Del Norte County

Route 197 (0.0/1.3) ‐ Pacific Power of Crescent City has been issued a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility work from the Junction with Route 199 to Simpson Park Drive. Daytime work hours are 8AM to 5PM, weekdays. Beginning Wednesday, November 6, additional nighttime work hours will be 12 midnight to 6AM, weeknights. One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays.  LC#P197AA

Humboldt County

Route 96 (13.2/16.8) ‐ Paving from the Hostler Creek Bridge to the Rock Chute Viaduct will continue. Work hours are 7AM to 7PM, weekdays. One-way traffic control in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 20-minute delays.  Contractor ‐ Tidewater Contractors, Incorporated. LC#C96BA

Route 101 (15.5) ‐ Drainage work 1.2 miles north of the Elmer Hurlbut Memorial Bridge will continue.  Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns. LC#C101RB

Route 101 (63.6/64.3) ‐ Ramp paving at the Fernbridge/Ferndale Exit (Exit 692) will continue through Friday, November 1. Work hours are 7AM to 6PM. There will be intermittent full ramp closures during work hours. No two consecutive onramps or offramps will be closed at the same time. Motorists will be advised to seek an alternate route.  LC#C101SB

Route 101 (79.7/87.8) ‐ A paving project from Eureka Slough Bridge to Arcata Overhead Bridge will continue.  Nighttime work hours are 7PM to 7AM, Sunday night through Friday morning. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns. Motorists are advised to watch for bicyclists. There will be intermittent full ramp closures during nighttime work hours at the Route 255/Arcata/Sunny Brea Exit (Exit 713), 14th Street Exit (Exit 714A), and Sunset Avenue Exit (Exit 714/714B). No two consecutive onramps or offramps will be closed at the same time. Motorists will be advised to seek an alternate route, and may experience minor delays. Contractor ‐ Mercer Fraser Company of Eureka.  LC#C101NB

Route 101 (85.8)  PG&E of Eureka has been issued a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility work at the northbound Route 255/Arcata/Sunny Brea Exit (Exit 713) on Sunday, November 3. Work hours are 7AM to 6PM.  A shoulder closure will be in effect.  Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.  LC#P101IA

Route 211 (73.2/73.9)  Ferndale High School has been issued a Caltrans Encroachment permit for the Ferndale High School Homecoming Parade from Ocean Avenue to Arlington Avenue on Friday, October 1. Event hours are 1:30PM to 3:30PM.  A full road closure will be in effect.  Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.  LC#P211GA

Route 211 (74.3/79.2) ‐ Striping from Market Street to the Junction 101/211 Separation Bridge will continue.  Work hours are 7AM to 6PM, weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. There will be intermittent full ramp closures for paving at the junction with Route 101 during work hours on Friday, November 1. No two consecutive onramps or offramps will be closed at the same time. Motorists will be advised to seek an alternate route.  LC#C211BA

Route 254 (20.6/22.5) ‐ Paving from 0.5 north to 0.5 miles south of High Rock Conservation Camp on Friday, November 1. Work hours are 7AM to 6PM. One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.  Contractor ‐ Mercer Fraser Company.  LC#C254DA

Route 254 (39.6/41.1) ‐ Paving from Sorenson Road to Holmes Flat Road on Friday, November 1Work hours are 7AM to 6PM. One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. Contractor ‐ Mercer Fraser Company.  LC#C254DA

Route 255 (0.2/1.8) ‐ Bridge deck repairs at the Meyer Bistrin, Carl L. Christensen, and Richard R. Denbo Memorial Samoa Bridges will continue. Work hours are 6AM to 3PM, weekdays.  One-way traffic control will be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. LC#C255CA

Route 299 (1.5/41.6) ‐ Guardrail work at various locations from just west of the Thomas L. DeVore Memorial Bridge to just west of Martin Road will continue. Work hours are 5AM to 8PM, weekdays.  On two-lane sections of highway one-way traffic control will be in effect, otherwise traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. Contractor ‐ Apex Fence Company of Anderson.  LC#C299GA

Route 299 (1.5/1.6) ‐ Bridge work at the Thomas L. DeVore Memorial Bridge will continue. Work hours are 7AM to 5PM, weekdays.  Eastbound traffic will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns. Contractor ‐ FD Thomas of Medford. LC#C299HA

Route 299 (20.1/21.0) ‐ Highway repairs from 0.6 miles west to 0.3 miles east of Chezem Road will continue.  One-way traffic control with a temporary signal will be in effect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Motorists should anticipate 5-minute delays. Contractor ‐ Mercer Fraser Company of Eureka.  LC#C299FA

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