Roughly $1.365 million  in state funding has been shifted among existing Sonoma County roads projects, part of an effort by the county’s Transportation and Public Works Department to spend the money before it disappears on June 30. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, county supervisors agreed on the following changes to projects funded by Proposition 1B:

Gaining funding

Penngrove/Fulton railroad crossings (+$135,000) — Money will be used to pave the railroad crossings on Main Street in Penngrove and Fulton Road in Fulton.

Bridge replacements on Boyes Boulevard over Sonoma Creek, Sonoma Valley, and Wohler Road over Mark West Creek, Santa Rosa (+150,000) — Prop 1B funds will be used for design and environmental permitting, to match and supplement the federal bridge program funding.

West Avenue Safe Routes to School, Santa Rosa (+$50,000) — To supplement federal Safe Routes to School grant for safety improvements to the area surrounding Sheppard Elementary and Roseland Elementary/Middle schools.

Geyserville area pedestrian improvements (+$30,000) — Start design work on improvements around downtown Geyserville that also get money from state tribal funds.

Porter Creek Bridge Replacement, Mark West Springs (+$450,000) — This money will provide matching and supplmental funding for this ongoing construction project, which is funded by the federal bridge program.

Road maintenance, countywide (+$350,000) — Supplement the budget for pothole patching, pavements repairs, safety striping and pavement markings.

Roundabout at Highway 116 at Mirabel, Forestville (+$200,000) — Additional money for final design and Caltrans coordination costs.

Losing funding

Airport Boulevard widening, Santa Rosa (-$555,000) — This project came in under budget, so the extra money can be redirected to other projects.

Adobe Road at East Washington Street, Petaluma (-$430,000) — Delays due to environmental permitting and right of way will prevent the county from completing this traffic light project by June 30. Countywide Traffic Mitigation funds will be used to complete this project when it’s ready for construction to begin.

Shoulder widening at Highway 116 and Mirabel, Graton (-$380,000) — Staff for this project has been reallocated to other projects such as the Highway 12 sidewalks through Boyes Hot Springs and Aqua Caliente, so this project will be delayed.

Since 2006, Sonoma County has received about $16.7 million from the voter approved Prop 1B. About $1.365 million from the 2009-2010 allocation must be spent by June 30, 2014, previously earmarked for projects that have been delayed plus one that came in under budget.


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  1. Buck

    This shows exactly how stupid our local government is. $135,000 to pave the railroad crossing in Penngrove? The entire road was just paved a few months ago, EXCEPT for the RR crossing… which by the way, is about 20 feet of pavement on either side of the tracks. How this will cost $135k is beyond me.

    WHY didn’t they pave it a few months ago when they already had equipment, materials, and personnel mobilized???


    It also shows how idiotic they are to only allocate 5% of total funds to bike and pedestrian improvements. The more we can get out of our cars to do simple errands, the longer our roads will last, and the healthier we will be. But no they want us stuck in traffic with NO OPTIONS.

    February 11th, 2014 3:33 pm

  2. Jason

    Thanks for this information.

    The roads in Sonoma County are no less than 20 years behind the rest of the country in quality surface and maintenance.

    Patching potholes is nothing in cost and the labor that does it is already a fixed cost of public employees…. patch jobs are not even worth mentioning, actually.

    February 11th, 2014 3:41 pm

  3. Wire

    They just patched Calistoga Road by Prickets three months ago, it needs redoing again as the storm has torn up the failed patch job of three months ago. What a waste of time and money. Should had done the whole Road.

    February 11th, 2014 4:07 pm

  4. lauren

    If we are trying to spend all this money why don’t we go ahead and fix some pot holes in West County? I know that the county roads could really use it, especially after all of this rain.

    February 11th, 2014 4:46 pm

  5. Wire

    They fixed the damage patch yesterday.

    February 13th, 2014 12:30 am

  6. Wire

    Well the re fix of the re fix needs a third time repair! Calistoga Road by Prickets Nursery.

    March 7th, 2014 3:15 pm

  7. Steve

    Why do we need to spend $200,000 on a roundabout in Forestville at Mirabel/116? I was asked to sign a petition a few years ago to get this person’s pet project funded and I said no. It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money. He claimed that people were speeding through Front St. I’ve never seen this. Not even once. He snidely asked how much time I spend there. Well, considering I did my laundry, banking and fuel up there every week, I was spending more hours there than he was, turns out… Sounds like pork to me. Do we just have $200K sitting around looking for a squeaky wheel? Meanwhile, Westside Rd is a nightmare to walk on, let alone drive on. I can name a dozen roads that have deteriorated to the point of being worse than most hiking trails.

    March 19th, 2014 10:41 am

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