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Roads Report: Porter Creek, Petaluma Hill, Carneros and Mendocino updates

County crews are rebuilding and repaving Main Street in Monte Rio. (Photo courtesy of Rob Silva)

A flurry of new road projects join those already underway in Sonoma County this week. Watch for state crews to start extensive projects on Highways 12 and 121 in the Carneros region, and county crews to start repaving the final unimproved stretch of Petaluma Hill Road between Petaluma and Cotati. Also this week, a few rural roads get long needed rehabs, and Porter Creek Road closes Wednesday night while bridge girders are delivered. Sonoma – State contractors will spend the next… Read More »

Porter Creek delays, and other county road reports

If you plan to cross the Mayacamas this week, plan your route carefully, suggests reader Brian Maloney. A bridge replacement project on Porter Creek road is creating quite a snarl. Another project destined to irritate commuters is ramping up on Arnold Drive and Aqua Caliente, but is still in the early stages. Question: Haven’t seen anything about this yet in the news, but they’re replacing the bridge at Porter Creek and Franz Valley Road. Any news on detours or timing… Read More »

You dug it up? You repair it

When utility companies or other contractors dig up the road, who’s responsible for repairing it once they’re done? They are, Sonoma County sources said. But reader Myra Goodman asked specifically about the intersection of Arnold Drive at Agua Caliente Road in Sonoma. “They recently did some extensive work at that intersection which required digging a trench on Arnold Drive,” she wrote. ” The section of road at that intersection was paved no more than 9 months ago.  PG&E did a… Read More »

County lists roads to be repaired, repaved in spring, summer

  About 50 miles of Sonoma County-maintained roads are on track to get some type of major repairs next spring and summer. The roads include 14 that got the headlines last week when the county Board of Supervisors approved $6.5 million for that work, but there are several more, including some that have needed help for years. One example is Old Redwood Highway from Petaluma to Cotati. Here’s the full list from the county roads department and what work will… Read More »

Roundabout planned for Sonoma Valley

Sonoma County is proposing to build a roundabout on Arnold Drive at Agua Caliente Road, the entrance to the Hanna Boys Center, in the Sonoma Valley. The roundabout, projected to cost $2 million if approved, would be built next spring and would be the first one on a major county-maintained road, officials said. Rex Cummins, project design engineer with the county Department of Transportation and Public Works, said 2004′s voter-approved Measure M sales-tax hike specifically listed the intersection for some… Read More »

Sonoma County road work this week

Sonoma County crews will be out doing road work this week and some minor traffic delays are possible: –Arnold Drive, Monday through Thursday, between Madrone and Sobre Vista roads south of Glen Ellen. Crews will grind out damaged pavement and put down new new asphalt. One-lane traffic control will be in effect. –Bodega Highway, Monday through Thursday, between Watertrough and Ferguson roads west of Sebastopol. Crews will pave over poor asphalt sections. One-lane traffic control will be in effect. –Vacation… Read More »

Highway 116 paving times corrected

Caltrans today corrected the hours when crews this weekend will be repaving Highway 116 from Adobe Road in Petaluma to Arnold Drive in Sonoma. Tonight’s work will be from 8 until 8 a.m. Saturday. Sunday night’s work will be from 7 until 6 a.m. Monday. The work will continue next week with crews starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and continuing until 5 o’clock the following morning. Caltrans’ announcement warns of traffic delays and suggests taking an alternate… Read More »