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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 »

Roads Report: Sonoma work begins and this week’s county projects

Caltrans has started two repair projects in Sonoma — on State Route 12 from Napa Road to the junction with State Route 121, and on State Route 121 near Schellville from State Route 37 to the Sonoma Creek Bridge (near the junction with State Route 116). This work will continue for the next few months while the contractor repairs the roadway, removes old pavement and repaves. Most of the work will be completed at night, with increased noise as the… Read More »

Calistoga Road construction shifts to night work

Contractors expect to finish the road repairs on Calistoga Road by 5 p.m. today, with paving crews shifting to night work on Thursday. They will work 7 p.m.-6 a.m., during which time traffic will be limited to one lane only. Delays of up to 20 minutes are expected during those hours, according to Janine Crocker 0f Sonoma County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. The 10-day road repair project has put a serious crimp in the commute of those crossing… 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 »

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 »

Road work, traffic delays in Sonoma County, St. Helena

If you’re out driving this week, here are a few road work projects to be aware of because of likely traffic delays: –Highway 29′s “Tunnel of Elms” in St. Helena, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. A tree crew will be pruning elm trees for PG&E Co., and one-way traffic control will be in effect. –Mirabel Road, from Highway 116 to River Road. Sonoma County’s roads department will be out grinding out damaged sections of the road… Read More »

Sound Off: Readers’ gripes and comments

Here are a few thoughts from Road Warrior readers: A DANGEROUS INTERSECTION Now that the Spring is here and people are out buying plants for the yards, perhaps you could help me understand a dangerous intersection. People turning from Highway 12 to Calistoga Road and in the left left-turn lane sometimes then turn left into the nursery just when you turn on Calistoga Road immediately. Of course, this is a complete surprise to the drivers behind them and probably an… Read More »

Mailbag: Are they going to repave Calistoga Road?

A Road Warrior reader writes in: Wondering if Calistoga Road from Montecito to Highway 12 is slated for repaving in near future? Sure needs it. Mission and Middle Rincon done recently. Pat The answer comes from Peter Dodsworth of Santa Rosa’s materials engineering office. And that’s: No. “It’s not on the radar screen,” he said. But he said the city will be doing an analysis next spring to see what roads need repaving and how much money will be available… Read More »