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The problem: large trucks keep getting stuck on the narrow Laughlin Road bridge that crosses Mark West Creek near the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

The solution: build a wider bridge.

But Sonoma County transportation officials have said a new bridge could be three years away. In the meantime, they would like those large trucks to stay away from the bridge entirely.

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Transportation and Public Works Department will ask for:

A Resolution prohibiting vehicles with trailers or semi-trailers with kingpin to rear axle lengths exceeding thirty-eight feet (38’) on Laughlin Road between River Road and Slusser Road and authorize the Director of Transportation and Public Works to install associated signage, to allow for enhanced public safety enforcement in this area.

Seems like a simple and cheap solution for the short term.

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6 Comments

  1. Kate

    The road needs to be closed and traffic diverted to Airport. Leave the old bridge intact, and allow only pedestrians and cyclist on Laughlin Road.

    February 21st, 2014 10:32 pm

  2. ER

    Hope this works, though there are already signs there warning about the bridge and these are ignored.

    February 22nd, 2014 3:46 pm

  3. kate

    Close the bridge and just allow pedestrians and cyclist. Period!

    February 22nd, 2014 4:13 pm

  4. Amanda

    Finally! Signage prohibiting said trucks accompanied by a fine might do the trick! The existing signage not advised (or whatever it says) isn’t cutting it!

    February 23rd, 2014 8:56 pm

  5. Jim

    How about changing the signage with BIG FLASHING LIGHTS……NO THROUGH TRUCKS ALLOWED …..ANY COMMERCIAL TRUCK .
    POST THE SIGNS 2000′ APART ON BOTH SIDE OF RIVER ROAD.
    give the trucks a second chance to read the signage. maybe post signage at fulton rd. and river road intersection.

    March 1st, 2014 8:34 am

  6. Steve

    I agree with Amanda. The problem is not that the drivers don’t see the signs and know they are wrong, the problem is that they think they can get away with it. I think a $500 citation would get their attention real quick, especially on a commercial license.

    March 25th, 2014 3:34 pm

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