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Temporary pain at Bicentennial/Mendocino

We’ve written about the bottleneck at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Mendocino Avenue, with Kaiser Permanente-bound drivers feeding into six lanes of north-south city traffic. Sometimes it’s a signal malfunction. These days it’s also construction aimed at easing the pain. Keep reading for a question and a project update. Question: I have seen recent complaints regarding back up at the left turn lane into Kaiser from east Bicentennial Way just after you cross the 101 overpass.and before Mendocino Ave.  I think… Read More »

A healthcare traffic jam

As Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa campus grows, so do the traffic woes. It’s difficult for patients to get into and out of the campus without delay. We’re still waiting for a response from Kaiser Permanente representatives to this question from Road Warrior reader Judson, but city traffic engineers say they are well aware of the problem. My beef and concern is the way the City of Santa Rosa is working with Kaiser Hospital in managing traffic at their main hospital… Read More »

Santa Rosa’s 25 dangerous intersections

Planning to drive through the intersection of Stony Point and Sebastopol roads in Santa Rosa? Better be careful. It again ranks No. 1 in the city for highest number of reported collisions. The Roseland-area intersection racked up 16 collisions last year, twice that of 2011 when it tied for sixth place but down from 20 in 2010 and 19 in 2009 when it ranked No. 1 for both years. 2011′s No. 1 — Highway 12 at Mission Boulevard — fell… Read More »

Mailbag: When will Stony Point Road be fixed? ‘Blind’ Bicentennial merge

Here’s a question from a reader: Can you tell me anything as to why Stony Point Road between Sebastopol Road and Hearn/Bellevue area is so thrashed and why little to no work is done on it? I’m also curious if you wouldn’t mind posting about a very troublesome intersection at Hearn and Stony Point where motorists seem unfamiliar with the responsibilities of yielding to ALL traffic when turning left at a solid green light. I think the people need re-education.… Read More »

SRPD targets northern intersection

Santa Rosa traffic police officers this Monday through Sunday are scheduled to monitor one of the city’s ninth most dangerous intersections — Mendocino Avenue at Bicentennial Way, which last year was tied with seven traffic collisions. As part of a weekly special enforcement program, officers particularly will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, who are illegally using cell phones, are speeding, running red lights or committing lane violations. To read about the city’s other top intersections for collisions,… Read More »

North Santa Rosa intersection focus of police crackdown

Santa Rosa motorcycle police officers will be keeping an eye out Monday through next Sunday for traffic violators at Bicentennial Way at Mendocino Avenue, which was tied for the ninth-highest number of collisions last year with seven. As part of a special enforcement program, officers particularly will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, who are illegally using cell phones, are speeding, running red lights or committing lane violations. To read about the city’s other top intersections for collisions,… Read More »

The ‘e’ is back in Steele Lane

The “e” is back in Steele, as in the Steele Lane exit sign hanging over southbound Highway 101 from the Bicentennial Way overpass. Caltrans apparently first learned that the sign was misspelled “Steel Lane” last December — see photo above — after inquiries from the Road Warrior and The Press Democrat. To read a Press Democrat story on the error, CLICK HERE. Those inquiries apparently set Caltrans off on a mission to fix the sign, and it recently was. See… Read More »