The crumbling lanes of Keiser Avenue in Rohnert Park are hemmed in by weeds, bushes and blackberry bushes in some sections. It was Sonoma County's worst road in 2012, based on Road Warrior reader votes. Road Warrior photo


It’s time for the Road Warrior’s fourth annual contest for readers to vote for the worst road in Sonoma County.

Vote by leaving a comment below telling us what that worst road is, or a particular stretch of that road, and explain why it’s so bad. It’s fine to list more than one, but only the first one named will be counted. Please vote only once. No ballot stuffing.

All roads are eligible, except for Keiser Avenue, Lichau Road and Irwin Lane, which were previous winners — or losers.

You have a week or so to vote, and then we’ll report the winner and runners-up. And we’ll call the city/county road department in charge of the worst road to check to see what it plans to do about it.

To read about last year’s worst roads, CLICK HERE.




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  1. Oski

    Keiser road gets MY vote—-even though my vote won’t count. Last year’s “winner”, and it is now even in more disrepair! You think by winning such a dubious ‘honor’, there would be at least an attempt to fill in some of the worst potholes…..

    November 1st, 2013 1:50 pm

  2. Wendy Wright

    FREI ROAD.. between Guernville Road & Hwy 116. This road is HORRIBLE and used as a short cut to get into/out of Sebastopol into Santa Rosa. I drive it daily, as do many, many others…. must be within at least the top 5 if not #1!

    November 1st, 2013 2:04 pm

  3. John Murphy

    Westside Road

    November 1st, 2013 2:06 pm

  4. vickie

    Sonoma Mountain Road gets my vote, with Pressley Road running a close second. Both roads have led to my households never ending purchases of tire and wheels from hidden potholes over the years. It’s embarrassing having visitors from other parts of the country here. Welcome to the third world when they ask what is wrong with your roads.

    November 1st, 2013 2:07 pm

  5. mark evans

    Skaggs Island Road,,between ramal/duhig rds to the skaggs island bridge. its the road that goes to the regional park boat dock for duck hunters,fishermen,kyackers as well as the NBRC club.driving down this road is like driving through downtown bagdad after a bombing run. I don’t think this road has ever been repaired since it was built.thats my vote

    November 1st, 2013 2:10 pm

  6. Jeremy Nichols

    Keiser Avenue between Snyder Lane and Petaluma Hill Road (northeast of Rohnert Park). The county won’t fix it because it’s in Rohnert Park’s “sphere of influence” and Rohnert Park won’t fix it because it’s not inside their city limits.

    November 1st, 2013 2:10 pm

  7. scott minnis

    Keiser road, Rohnert Park

    November 1st, 2013 2:17 pm

  8. Bob D.

    So many bad roads. Which one to pick. Which curvy and busy country roads have vegetation creeping in to the point that they’re not even 2 full lanes anymore? How many of them have also had their striping wear off? How many are just miles of holes and old patches?

    Saint Helena Road between Calistoga Road and the Napa county line has blind curves with no striping and shrunken width. It’s not safe.

    While not as heavily used, Burnside Road southwest of Sebastopol is the same. Drivers of both roads know to slow down considerably when approaching some curves because you don’t know what might be coming in the other direction.

    November 1st, 2013 2:28 pm

  9. CP


    November 1st, 2013 2:34 pm

  10. larissa

    Barnes Rd. in Santa Rosa

    November 1st, 2013 2:36 pm

  11. Sara Crouthers

    One of the worst roads in Sonoma County is Millbrae Rd in Rohnert Park. It’s narrow, full of potholes, with deep ditches on either side. It really needs some work done on it.

    November 1st, 2013 2:36 pm

  12. cw

    Mountain View Avenue, Santa Rosa

    November 1st, 2013 2:46 pm

  13. Corinne Turner

    The worst road is a much-traveled road in Sonoma:
    The intersection of Napa Road and Highway 12 in Sonoma.
    It is full of holes and bumps that knock your teeth out with no way around it.

    November 1st, 2013 2:48 pm

  14. Michael Penhallow

    Mill Station Road from Ferguson to Occidental

    November 1st, 2013 2:59 pm

  15. Erik Ott

    I am a cyclist and there are numerous roads where I have to ride in the middle of the road because I fear for my safety, often to the dismay of autos that want me to move over. Of course there are many good (bad) candidates for this prestigious honor but I’ll go for Cleveland Ln. This couldn’t be more than a half mile stretch that feels like riding on cobblestone streets in Paris. Eucalyptus Rd is actually in worse shape but not in the center of town so Cleveland gets my vote.

    November 1st, 2013 2:59 pm

  16. Darrin Jenkins

    Spring Hill

    November 1st, 2013 3:06 pm

  17. S Parsons

    ALL of Camp Meeker! Worst roads doesn’t begin to describe it. Imagine trying to navigate those tortured switch backs on a motorcycle or in the rain. USPS won’t even deliver mail in that warren.

    November 1st, 2013 3:11 pm

  18. Springhill

    Springhill Road in Petaluma is the worst!!! I think it ruined my cars suspension!

    November 1st, 2013 3:13 pm

  19. ed demarco

    1.Frei rd between guernville rd and gravenstien hwy. bumpy and full of potholes.
    2. hwy 101 between healdsburg and windsor, wtf? the road has these weird bumps that are perfectly placed to dislodge everything in your vehicle and rattle your bones for the the couple of miles on this stretch.

    November 1st, 2013 3:20 pm

  20. TM Foley

    Hoen Frontage Road between Sonoma Avenue and Farmer’s Lane along the creek. It’s HORRIBLE!

    November 1st, 2013 3:28 pm

  21. Dolores Dahm

    Eastman Lane in Petaluma has to be the worst road in Sonoma County. When you first turn onto Eastman Lane, there are dozens of potholes in the first 200 feet or more of this road! I hope Petaluma gets the message and does something to fix it.

    November 1st, 2013 3:43 pm

  22. Bryan Bell

    Definitely Keiser in RP…its abominable. So is Snyder in general…

    November 1st, 2013 4:15 pm

  23. Daily Commuter

    Okay I see too many homers posting roads in the route of their daily commute, Skaggs Island road…. really? That is laughable…how many hundred people take that route annually. And Camp Meeker…really… that’s your fault for living in Camp Meeker. I can finally say without bias (as I no longer live in Sonoma county) Milbre is pretty bad due to the annual flooding and the amount of traffic due to and from wal-mart/access to Rohnert Park and the new Casino however I still think that Stony Point road is by far the most traveled and most troubled road as it encompasses everything that is horrible about the roads in Sonoma County.

    Flooding- Check! Potholes- Check! poor civil engineering- Check! Poor lighting and minimal safe areas in residential neighborhoods for ped crossing- Check! Frequented by drunk drivers- Check! Drivers on one extreme or the other IE you drive like a nutcase or you drive like a grandma forcing drivers to make unsafe passing maneuvers- Check!

    There are many roads in poor shape however lets try to fix the problems that more people encounter on a daily basis and not just the people cutting across Kaiser road to get into RP instead of going to Expressway or vice versa.

    November 1st, 2013 4:27 pm

  24. Ethan

    Bloomfield Road between Kennedy and Valley Ford Road. It’s got it all: tons of poor patches and potholes, at least two ridiculous undulations (that could easily catch one off guard), deep culverts, blind turns, off-camber turns, branches and bushes crowding the roadway, plenty of traffic, people entering and exiting their driveways, and a relatively high speed limit. As a bonus, on the weekends, it is an extremely popular bicycle route.

    November 1st, 2013 4:54 pm

  25. Wilson

    Dolores Dahm said Eastman Lane, located west of Petaluma. My nomination is for the far worse road that Eastman connects to – Middle Two Rock Road. Not only is it rough and rutted, it is dangerously narrow.

    November 1st, 2013 5:52 pm

  26. Rattled Teeth


    November 1st, 2013 6:13 pm

  27. John Donnelly

    Spring Hill Road can hardly even qualify to be called a road anymore it is so deteriorated. Spots look like bombs were dropped on the road. It gets my vote for the 2nd strait year.

    November 1st, 2013 6:24 pm

  28. Piso Mojado

    I agree, Frei Road between Guerneville Road & Hwy 116 is the worst! Used to use it but now I prefer to take the long way around to save my tires and wheel alignment.

    November 1st, 2013 7:30 pm

  29. LS

    Barnes Road

    November 1st, 2013 7:49 pm

  30. Tim

    Sorry, too many to list.

    November 1st, 2013 8:12 pm

  31. Phil Grinton

    Willowside Road between Hall and Guernville Road. A narrow road in places with a high crown and the rough surface makes it terrible.

    November 1st, 2013 8:30 pm

  32. carolswims

    For bicyclists or for cars? Petaluma Hill is pretty scary on a bike – as is any road north of Santa Rosa. I’ve had cars blaze by me on most roads in the county when I’m on my bike, narrowly missing me.

    November 1st, 2013 10:00 pm

  33. Matt Muldoon

    Canfield Rd, outside of Sebastopol- think Swiss cheese rendered in asphalt. Where does all the tax money go?

    November 1st, 2013 10:01 pm

  34. S H

    Pleasant Hill Rd. from Bloomfield Rd. to Watertrough Rd. in Sebastopol. Bumpy, rough ride with no shoulder and lots of bicyclists. Tearing up my car traveling it every day, really hurts my neck with all the bumping. Kinda feels like arriving by stagecoach. (Just noticed today that somebody posted a homemade street sign on a post at Lynch Rd. labeling Pleasant Hill Rd. “Poor Man’s West County Bypass.” Hee, hee.)

    November 1st, 2013 10:01 pm

  35. S H

    Oh, also the rest of Pleasant Hill Rd. all the way to Hwy. 12.

    November 1st, 2013 10:02 pm

  36. Pothole Dodger

    Jonive Rd. So many potholes, it’s basically one lane now, with several blind curves and hills. Very popular with cyclists, and used as a connection between Bodega Hwy and Occidental Rd. We get splats of filler asphalt a couple times a year that simply grind away at the existing holes. In sections, it’s like riding on a single-lane washboard into a blind curve; now imagine that in the dark with white-out fog and bicyclists and/or locals on the non-existent “shoulders.”

    November 1st, 2013 10:21 pm

  37. Jenee Foust

    Mount Vernon Rd in Sebastopol beats everything listed, potholes, broken pavement, uneven surfaces that scrape the bottom of your car, no where for passing traffic & blind spots onto highway 116. Recently traffic was diverted down this road due to a high speed crash on Hwy 116, which is a common occurrence, whoever made this call obviously knew nothing of the conditions of this road and put all residents on this road and drivers traversing this road in harms way as it is not in any condition to handle that volume of traffic & it left the road in even further disrepair than before. This road is virtually ignored by the county & receives absolutely no repairs.

    November 1st, 2013 10:55 pm

  38. Lynn McGarvey

    I vote for Montgomery Ave From Mission to the Hospital. All that emergency traffic has to use that coming from the various senior communities to the East. Disgraceful!

    November 1st, 2013 11:30 pm

  39. Monster Joe

    How about a practice that helps destroy roads? I live on West Railroad Ave south of Cotati, and all day long heavy trucks take this skinny road, often gravel trucks or similar big rigs. As a result, the road buckles and potholes are created easily.

    Why not throw some cheap signage on these tiny (poorly maintained) roads that disallows trucks over 5 tons? Keep them on the much better maintained thoroughfares and highways!

    November 2nd, 2013 1:07 am

  40. Cindy M.

    Willowside Road!!!!!!!!

    November 2nd, 2013 8:00 am

  41. Bob Orr

    The road to the County Board of Supervisors. It is a road filled with potholes, lies and more lies. And it is not being fixed or maintained. Tax monies are being wasted on this road buying off unions and special interests.

    November 2nd, 2013 8:23 am

  42. S. Moulton

    Burnside Road is among the worst. The pot holes have become dangerous craters hidden in tree shadows. Before we repave perfectly good roads in high rent districts, lets fix those that have been neglected and pose real threats to our safety.

    November 2nd, 2013 8:29 am

  43. cla

    Montgomery Drive gets my vote this year!

    November 2nd, 2013 8:51 am

  44. Jack McClure

    Fallon Road, west from Valley Ford Road/Bodega Highway. In a mile and a hlaf, you see about 800 potholes. There’s a metal sheet covering a deep hole, which has been there unrepaired for 2 years; it’s off-center again, leaving a dangerous condition. 1 1/2 miles from Valley Ford Road is the Marin County line, where the road becomes wonderful — demonstrating clearly how it should be done.

    November 2nd, 2013 10:09 am

  45. Broken Tie Rod

    West Sexton Road.

    November 2nd, 2013 1:24 pm

  46. Christina Olds

    The stretch of Hwy 101 south from Healdsburg to Windsor. Many of us crowd over into the left lane during morning commute to escape the jarring, uneven right lane and then get dangerously tailgated and then cut off by people going 80 mph. At least on other bad roads in the county you can drive slower than 60 mph to save your car and sanity.

    November 2nd, 2013 3:15 pm

  47. DNP

    FALLON ROAD (from Bodega to the Marin County Line). Not only does it have potholes everywhere, but now it has pot “humps” (due to dumping cold patch on top so many times). In addition, there is a steel plate in the middle of the road which has been there for well over a year and it keeps sliding off whatever is under it — thanks to the milk tankers that fly over it. Someday a car will get eaten up when the plate slides over enough. We tell visitors not to use Fallon Road.

    November 2nd, 2013 4:04 pm

  48. Chucky

    Keiser Rd in R.P.

    November 2nd, 2013 4:20 pm

  49. Tuppence

    The west half of Roblar Road gets my vote.

    November 2nd, 2013 4:53 pm

  50. Bridgette deshields

    Willowside Rd. Which connects the SR creek trail to surface streets so well used by cyclists – it is horrible. Huge potholes

    November 2nd, 2013 7:03 pm

  51. Patrice

    Burnside Road between Sexton and Barnett Valley Roads in Sebastopol. The potholes are darn right dangerous.

    November 3rd, 2013 12:55 am

  52. tommy samson

    Llano rd. Potholes galore.

    November 3rd, 2013 11:20 pm

  53. Kathy Sparling

    Burnside Road especially just south of Sexton. There is a pothole there that regularly eats up tires and rims. They patch this road quite often but the fixes do not last a week.

    November 4th, 2013 9:09 am

  54. Ingrid

    Burnside Road almost broke my rear axle in one of the big potholes.

    November 4th, 2013 10:42 am


    I nominate any road in Petaluma. It’s the potholes! One of these days, the GGT 80 is going to hit one of those things and we’re going to wind up in Bejing.

    November 4th, 2013 10:53 am

  56. Tracy

    Silk Road behind the airport is pretty bad. I wish the cyclists would stay off Windsor Road south of Shiloh. They’re going to get someone killed or sent to jail.

    November 4th, 2013 10:56 am

  57. Lizzy R.

    I vote for Milbrae. Those ditches are seriously dangerous, especially as the road crumbles.

    November 4th, 2013 11:08 am

  58. Grant

    Barnes Road between River Road and Dennis Lane.

    November 4th, 2013 11:32 am

  59. scott minnis

    Snyder lane Rohnert Park

    November 4th, 2013 12:08 pm

  60. Rebel

    Roblar rd. Needs to be fixed

    November 4th, 2013 12:15 pm

  61. Janet

    Agua Caliente and Watmaugh Road. These roads have been patched over so many times causing them to be extremely bumpy.

    November 4th, 2013 12:22 pm

  62. Jennifer

    Burnside: In addition to treacherous pot holes there is a blind turn that is quite dangerous.

    November 4th, 2013 12:58 pm

  63. Daryl

    Fought Road between E. Shiloh and old redwood

    November 4th, 2013 1:03 pm

  64. MW

    Spring Hill Road in Petaluma. Followed by Cleveland Lane and Paula Lane.

    November 4th, 2013 1:22 pm

  65. Cornelia

    I can’t believe no one has Liberty Road in Petalums listed. It’s the worst ever!

    November 4th, 2013 1:49 pm

  66. Craig

    Sonoma Mountain Road in Bennett Valley. We haven’t seen any pavement preservation on this road since it was paved sometime after World War II. Now it is beginning to look like the aftermath of World War III.

    November 4th, 2013 1:57 pm

  67. Charlie

    I ride my bike a lot; all the roads mentioned are already on my list. I guess the worst Sonoma County road I know is Roblar Rd. It’s dangerous for bikes and cars, with potholes, no shoulder, crazy bumps, and moon craters.

    Let me know when you get around to the worst roads in Santa Rosa city limits….

    November 4th, 2013 2:04 pm

  68. Bill Paris

    Montgomery Drive…from Channel Drive all the way to the SR Memorial Hospital.

    November 4th, 2013 2:09 pm

  69. Lisa

    1. Colgan Ave in Santa Rosa, they recently tried Pave-patching and it didn’t work at all
    2. Langner Ave in RP/county area (between Millbrea & Scenic) – this road has millions of patches, it always floods and is extremely in disrepair.

    November 4th, 2013 2:13 pm

  70. candice s.

    My vote is for Burnside. Lots of West County traffic, bone jarring its entire length. Nastiest potholes for both directions west of Sexton, nearly impossible to see in shade, you gotta know where they are or you’re dead meat.

    November 4th, 2013 2:16 pm

  71. Stephen Landwehr

    Stony Point. I know it is to be fixed BUT

    November 4th, 2013 2:19 pm

  72. Tan

    Faught Road.

    With all the new potholes it is time to get off-road vehicles for on-road driving to avoid costly repairs.

    November 4th, 2013 2:19 pm

  73. Jeff

    Ozone Rd odd HWY 12

    November 4th, 2013 2:23 pm

  74. Bonnie

    So many to choose! Just drive anywhere in this county and then check your teeth, suspension, tires, etc. My vote is for Cleveland Avenue outside Petaluma. I do not live there but many residents do. You can idle down the road and have to brake and swerve to attempt to miss the potholes. It is only 1 lane so be prepared to pull into the dirt on the side to allow others to pass. Lets all hope the County and or city gives the winner a full make over.

    November 4th, 2013 2:27 pm

  75. kelly

    Bloomfield Road between Kennedy and Burnside. Blind turns, deep ditches, potholes, tree branches, and scores of cyclists. One year, it destroyed my daughter’s school diorama project.

    November 4th, 2013 2:53 pm

  76. Selena

    I’m going to say it’s gotta be Stony Point Road between Hearn and Sebastopol Road. You practically need four-wheel drive to get through it!

    November 4th, 2013 2:55 pm

  77. cg

    1)Hwy 101 south from Healdsburg to Windsor & 2)Fitch Mountian Road

    November 4th, 2013 3:04 pm

  78. Jeanne

    My husband and I drove to and from Mendocino this past weekend, and I have never felt so embarrassed by the state of Sonoma County roads. The instant one passes from Sonoma County roads to Mendocino County roads on Hwy 128, it is such a relief. The Mendocino side of 128 was pristine, smooth, and easy to drive on. The Sonoma County roads were quite difficult with broken away asphalt, potholes, lines almost impossible to see, etc. Even when we got on 101 to drive south from Cloverdale, the freeways are so unkempt looking. . .parts of it even looking abandoned. Weeds were a mile high in tons of places. It really is an embarrassment to drive into Sonoma County.

    November 4th, 2013 3:46 pm

  79. Al B

    Roblar Road from Cantfield Drive West to Bodega/Valley Ford Hwy. Pulling a boat you can’t drive over 25 MPH, unless you want to loose your kicker motor and bracket, as a friend of mine did. It’s been this way with hundreds of patches and new holes for over 3 years.

    November 4th, 2013 4:02 pm

  80. G

    Bay Hill Road.
    Beautiful drive, but so narrow and full of potholes and cracks.

    November 4th, 2013 4:24 pm

  81. Road.Warrior

    The good news is that this one is getting fixed. Read the recent post for details. http://roadwarrior.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/18062/mailbag-tale-of-two-stony-points/

    November 4th, 2013 4:27 pm

  82. Road.Warrior

    This includes city limits. Go for it.

    November 4th, 2013 4:30 pm

  83. Ifs

    Barnett valley and or burnside rd. treacherous and destructive to all who travel it by any method.

    November 4th, 2013 5:35 pm

  84. TAB

    BARNES. The connecting street of Dennis Lane is a close second.

    November 4th, 2013 5:48 pm

  85. Brad

    Irwin Lane!!!
    Why can’t you count Irwin lane if nothing has changed in the last 12 years I have lived in the area?
    I drive on Sonoma county roads every day all over. Irwin is BAD!

    November 4th, 2013 6:02 pm

  86. Brad

    Wait! I take back Irwin lane.
    Starting 11/5/13 my vote is Wilfred ave between Redwood Dr and Stony Point rd In Rohnert Park

    November 4th, 2013 6:11 pm

  87. Rich

    Barlow Lane, between Mill Station and Occidental. It’s like driving over corrugated cardboard. I keep wondering where the IED’s are planted.

    November 4th, 2013 6:31 pm

  88. JMP

    Willowside Rd. (especially south of Guerneville) and Piner Rd. (west of Fulton) = two prime examples of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County’s POOR budget management skills. . . . ‘er, make that LACK of budget management skills.

    November 4th, 2013 6:52 pm

  89. Becky

    Lynch Road in Petaluma

    November 4th, 2013 7:15 pm

  90. Laurel

    I didn’t read every comment, but I’m surprised I didn’t see Llano Rd. between Hwy 116 South and Todd Rd. mentioned. That road is terrible! It’s like one giant pothole. It’s so bad that they have to patch it at least twice a year. The road is narrow and the lines are barely visible, especially at night. And there are ditches on the sides of the road.

    November 5th, 2013 7:15 am

  91. Ken Adelson

    Sonoma Mountain Road in Bennett Valley is the road in the worst condition. The roadway is disintegrating in many locations, with loose chunks of asphalt and a mosaic pattern of other areas. It is a thoroughfare from Sonoma Valley to areas west of Sonoma Valley, and it provides access to many attractions. It is used by commercial vehicles (construction, propane, septic, vineyard), by residents, and by bicyclists (including Backroads excursions), motorcyclists and pedestrians. In short, Sonoma Moutain Road is largely in deplorable condition, yet it serves as a key part of Sonoma County’s transportation system.

    November 5th, 2013 9:55 am

  92. Larissa

    Sonoma Mountain Rd. in Bennett Valley. Impossible to avoid potholes, dips, cracks, etc. All visitors say that they can’t believe the poor quality of our roads.

    November 5th, 2013 10:55 am

  93. Richard

    Sonoma Mountain Road. Numerous potholes. Last winter one pothole was circled with “no fishing” written next to it. Will be heavily traveled with opening of Sonoma Mountain trail and Crane Park use.
    Desperately needs work.

    November 5th, 2013 10:58 am

  94. Robert

    Hoen Ave. from Doyle Park to Cypress Way. So many potholes and asphalt heaving that one could easily lose bladder control!

    November 5th, 2013 11:00 am

  95. natasha pehrson

    I put in my vote for Sonoma County’s worst road to Willow Creek Rd.in Jenner! More folks than you think use this scenic road,including cyclists and it is bad!

    November 5th, 2013 11:05 am

  96. GameWit

    Another vote for the meteor-blasted moonscape that is Spring Hill Road west of Petaluma. It’s full of massive craters and the shoulders are these washed-out gullies so wide that you can’t even really maneuver around the potholes.

    November 5th, 2013 4:18 pm

  97. michael stusser

    Burnside rd in Sebastopol. Many serious potholes and broken pavement, ahhh!

    November 5th, 2013 6:14 pm

  98. MtnMan

    Sonoma Mountain Road for sure.
    Its embarrassing really how bad this road is.

    November 6th, 2013 10:25 am

  99. Karen

    Sonoma Mountain Road is the worst. The roadway is falling apart, and many of the pothole repairs are quickly broken apart by vehicles, especially large trucks.

    November 6th, 2013 11:09 am

  100. Paul

    Sonoma Mountain Road. Hard to even call it paved in spots and other sections seem to have more pothole patches than original pavement.

    November 6th, 2013 12:23 pm

  101. Tim

    Sonoma Mountain Road should be #1 on your Worst Roads list for the following reasons.
    #1: It has more “repaired” pot hole pavement, than it does original pavement.
    #2: The original pavement looks and feels like a “repaired” pot hole.
    #3: My SUV thinks it is off-roading every time I drive on this third world goat path.
    #4: Actually, this road is worse than a third world goat path.
    #5: Sonoma Mountain Road is a designated “Scenic Corridor” by PRMD. If the residents have to keep up their places to conform to “Scenic Corridor” standards, shouldn’t the road also be kept to the same standard? It’s impossible to enjoy the “Scenic Corridor” because the road is so bad. You have to keep 100% of your attention on the road, otherwise you will lose a wheel in a pot hole and become part of the “Scenic Corridor.”

    November 6th, 2013 5:57 pm

  102. Marlene Stein

    Sonoma Mountain Road, which I travel multiple times daily, is horrendous. I have been to several third-world countries in the past year and their roads are not as treacherous!

    November 7th, 2013 6:30 am

  103. Terry

    Sonoma Moutain Road

    Just got alignment and balance on new vehicle plus new tires. This road is the most used road for my Jeep…Jeep can’t even handle this mess.

    November 7th, 2013 8:04 am

  104. broken sway bar

    Definitely Sonoma Mountain Road, between Pressely and Warm Springs

    November 7th, 2013 8:40 am

  105. Monica

    Sonoma Mountain Road between Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen. Man eating potholes. I’ve lost a couple of rims and gotten flats. It’s dangerous.

    November 7th, 2013 8:55 am

  106. Blue Dogs Mom

    Driving on Sonoma Mountain Road is like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! It’s used by all sorts of people, as a short cut between Rohnert Park, Glen Ellen, Santa Rosa and beyond.

    Putting patch upon patch, makes it a mosaic of bumps and holes – especially when it rains and the countless patches pop out of the potholes. It’s dangerous for pedestrians, animals, bicyclists, when drivers swerve around trying to avoid potholes every few feet.

    November 7th, 2013 9:04 am

  107. Christine

    Sonoma Mountain Road — by a mile!

    November 7th, 2013 9:50 am

  108. RLH

    Sonoma Mountain Road – I’ve never seen a road so poorly maintained….between the pot holes, the patch work that has been done over the years (to keep it somewhat drivable) and the broken shoulder on much of the road – it’s a huge mess! Cars and the bicyclist alike travel SMR given the significance of the route. Something has to be done.

    November 7th, 2013 10:14 am

  109. Jeff

    Just spent $1200 on new rims because of damage to existing rims from Sonoma Mt. Rd. potholes. Let’s make Valerie Brown have to drive over SMR to pick up her several (and large) monthly county checks. Jeff

    November 7th, 2013 10:58 am

  110. Sally

    Sonoma Mountain Road is the worst! The bicycle riders are constantly swerving into the paths of cars in order to dodge all the potholes. My mail person can’t get close to the mailbox because the shoulder of the road by the mailbox is now a 9 foot long, 8 inch deep pothole.

    November 7th, 2013 11:58 am

  111. Karin

    Spring Hill in Petaluma gets my vote, whether you’re driving or cycling.

    November 7th, 2013 1:13 pm

  112. Amit Kulkarni

    Spring Hill Road

    November 7th, 2013 1:13 pm

  113. Scott Andrews

    While I’d like to agree with Matt Muldoon on Canfield (which is mighty terrible, and dangerous), it isn’t very long.

    My first choice would be Spring Hill. It has always been bad, and over the past 3 years it has gotten steadily worse. I won’t even ride on it anymore.

    My second vote goes to Fallon Road, between Alexander and Valley Ford (about the last 1.5 miles at the Valley Ford End), horrible washboard road that you literally have to pick your way along…

    November 7th, 2013 1:17 pm

  114. Christine~Amici di Bici

    1. Spring Hill Road, Petaluma
    2. Sonoma Mountain Rd
    3. Canfield Rd

    November 7th, 2013 1:28 pm

  115. Keith Devlin

    Springhill. A mountain bike trail masquerading as a paved road. [Sonoma Mtn Rd is just as bad, but Springhill is my local "just have an hour" loop, so my butt and I know every last pothole.]

    November 7th, 2013 1:29 pm

  116. Alan Eshleman

    Spring Hill
    Fallon from Petaluma-Valley Ford road for about 1.5 miles
    much of Canfield Road past Blank Road

    I just spent $100 replacing a damaged bicycle rim from a Roblar Road pothole. At least Sonoma County’s road repair policies make it easy to see where the Marin border lies.
    Deferred maintenance is never a good policy!

    November 7th, 2013 1:36 pm

  117. Ron

    Sonoma Mountain road ranks among the worst

    November 7th, 2013 1:55 pm

  118. Jeff

    Faught between Old Red and Pleasant Ave gets my vote as the road most likely to lose your dental work.

    November 7th, 2013 1:57 pm

  119. Rich

    Purrington Road—-This road is part of a heavily traveled shortcut to the freeway. It is located between “I” Street and Mountain View in the county just outside the Petaluma city limit. This road has been continually paved, one shovel at a time, for the past 35 years.

    November 7th, 2013 2:24 pm

  120. Bill W.

    Spring Hill Road. With 110 psi and no shocks, it’s butt numbing.

    November 7th, 2013 3:32 pm

  121. BodegaJoe

    Bay Hill Road near Bodega Bay… Tippy Hedren drove on it in the Birds and it was quite lovely. Now it is total junk. If I can vote for a close second … Spring Hill Road between Petaluma and Two Rock.

    November 7th, 2013 3:44 pm

  122. Slotcar Bob

    As a bicyclist:

    If I only get one vote, it would be:
    1. Burnside.

    Others, in order:
    2. Spring Hill Rd
    3. Sonoma Mt Rd 2 (off Presley)

    November 7th, 2013 4:03 pm

  123. Tod M

    Spring Hill Road! Love the views out there, hate the road, whether in my truck, on my motorcycle, or on my bicycle. It is just plain terrible!

    November 7th, 2013 4:35 pm

  124. David Powers

    Hands down, Spring Hill. Period.

    November 7th, 2013 5:23 pm

  125. Marty Stein

    Sonoma Mountain Road is the “winner”!
    Besides the expense of flat tires and broken rims caused by holes and cracks, we now have increased danger as truck traffic has increased because of new home construction..
    The road crews do their best, but patching is not working>

    November 7th, 2013 5:26 pm

  126. Hunt Moore

    Voting for 2 Sonoma Mtn. Roads, off Adobe & off Roberts. Craters that resemble the surface of Mars.

    November 7th, 2013 5:39 pm

  127. Hunt Moore

    Correction, that’s off Pressley, not Roberts.

    November 7th, 2013 5:45 pm

  128. Robert Smith

    Spring Hill Rd.! It’sd almost too rough to ride.

    November 7th, 2013 6:02 pm

  129. Jake

    Spring Hill Rd

    November 7th, 2013 6:23 pm

  130. Jacqueline

    #1 Bay Hill Rd, Bodega Bay
    #2 Roblar Rd. Petaluma

    November 7th, 2013 6:35 pm


    I also vote for SPRINGHILL!!

    November 7th, 2013 7:27 pm

  132. Susan Cohen

    Spring Hill Road in Petaluma.

    November 7th, 2013 7:32 pm

  133. Pete Gang

    Spring Hill Road with Sonoma Mountain Road (off Adobe Road) as a close second.

    November 7th, 2013 7:56 pm

  134. Jeff D

    Sonoma Mt Rd gets my 1st place vote, but close 2nd goes to Spring Hill which is worse by far now than it has been any time over the past 25 years.

    November 7th, 2013 8:08 pm

  135. LYNN M

    Spring Hill Rd. gets my vote. So busy watching the road it is difficult to notice the views. Also had one good fall out there and at least, 2 flats.

    November 7th, 2013 10:34 pm

  136. Frank Agius

    My vote is for Spring Hill Rd.

    November 8th, 2013 7:21 am

  137. Chip Prokop


    Beautiful place, horrible road.

    November 8th, 2013 8:29 am

  138. Carrie Winningham

    It’s hard to argue with almost all of those already listed, but of those the one I KNOW is beyond atrocious is Spring Hill. If the county wants them to deteriorate to dirt track, it is well on its way.
    My heart breaks for the MANY people who live off that road. I hope they never need emergency services, because it won’t be long before they can no longer get to them.
    I USED to be able to take this road as an alternate to work, but no more. It’s a disaster.

    Petaluma Blvd S is also a sorry excuse for a main thoroughfare in and out of town … But at least the terrible state of repair helps keep speeding down … a little.

    November 8th, 2013 12:01 pm

  139. Marilee Jensen

    Sonoma Mountain Road is the worse road in the county, between the bumpy narrow sections, the previously closed section, the continued wear and tear of this little mountain road, with many resources, such as Cooper’s Grove (redwood trees), Jacobs Ranch (which is a new county park), the entrance to a back way to Glen Ellen, and the Jack London State Park, and the route for a short-cut over the hill to Petaluma Hill Road, Hwy. 101, etc. (after turning on to Pressley Road.) Pressley Road is another one of the worse roads in the County, but not as bad or as crucial as Sonoma Mountain Road. Marilee Jensen

    November 8th, 2013 1:58 pm

  140. Barbara

    Rough surface..potholes…dangerous driving conditions

    November 8th, 2013 3:13 pm

  141. Eric S

    Sonoma Mountain Road – both – the one off of Adobe and the one that connects to Bennett Valley Road. I guess the Adobe SMR got some love on the bottom, but the later needs help desperately.
    after that, pick up Lynch rd. after the of end Corona rd. all the way back around to Adobe.
    I agree with others’ postings, but I abandoned Spring Hill long ago!

    November 8th, 2013 7:50 pm

  142. Dana Teicheira

    Its got to be Spring Hill Rd. I love that ride but every time I am on it I say it will be the last!

    November 9th, 2013 8:13 am

  143. Judy

    Sonoma Mt. Rd from Pressley to Warm Springs.
    2nd is Canfield. Huge pothole lakes open up in winter.

    November 11th, 2013 6:10 am

  144. Pat H

    Sonoma Mountain, it has some of the best scenery and views in the county and the worst driving experience.

    November 11th, 2013 7:26 am

  145. Andrea Tobias

    Sonoma Mountain Road wins.
    Pot holes, patches on patches, cracks everywhere.
    It is the main road between Bennett Valley Road and Pressley Rd for wine trucks during harvest season, and the noise is terrible.
    Please fix this road!

    November 11th, 2013 9:34 am

  146. Steven

    Sonoma Mountain Road from Warm Springs to Bennett Valley is the worst.

    November 11th, 2013 12:26 pm

  147. Dale

    Barnes Road between Dennis Lane and River Road

    November 14th, 2013 11:37 am

  148. Susan

    Highway 37…Novato going towards Sonoma. Not only is the traffic a standstill (it can take up to an hour and half to get home) but they have never finished whatever work they were doing with the bridge or something and now there is a large, spiked studded metal BUMP across 37 they start warning you about when it’s two miles away. The motorists just ignore it and they’re going to get their tires shredded, because it’s like hitting an armored speed bump at 60 mph… But the Bump has been there at least 3-4 weeks. What the hell is it and why don’t they at least cover it up with a ramp or something?

    December 13th, 2013 11:35 pm

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