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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 »

College Avenue closure this weekend

SMART rail line construction work will close College Avenue at the railroad tracks in Santa Rosa this weekend. The work  is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Friday and end at 6 p.m. Sunday. The project had been postponed from last week. The closures are part of the rail district’s upgrade of the tracks through Sonoma County. Crews are tearing out old crossings and putting in new track and smooth crossings. To do so, they need to shut all lanes… Read More »

College Avenue closure this weekend delayed

This weekend’s forecast of rain has prompted SMART to postpone its plans for rail line construction work that would have shut College Avenue at the railroad tracks in Santa Rosa this weekend. The work  now is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and end at 6 p.m. Jan. 14. The closures are part of the rail district’s upgrade of the tracks through Sonoma County. Crews are tearing out old crossings and putting in new track and smooth crossings.… Read More »

Mailbag: More complaints about Santa Rosa intersections; Petaluma project

Our previous Mailbag column generated comments and questions from readers: From Tim: I have been doing a lot of driving in the Coddingtown area as of late and noticed an area of concern: Can you have someone look into the intersection of Cleveland Ave. & Guerneville Road? Specifically, going eastbound on Guerneville and turning north onto Cleveland the light stays green for LESS than 10 seconds. The dangerous part is most drivers are not aware of this, and I witnessed… Read More »

SMART road closures in Santa Rosa

SMART rail line construction work continues this week in Santa Rosa, and for about the next month certain roads will be completely closed for a few days at a time where they cross the railroad tracks. Drivers will need to find alternate routes. –Guerneville Road, 7 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday. –Sixth Street, 7 a.m. Nov. 13 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16. –College Avenue, 7 a.m. Nov. 16 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 –Ninth Street , 7 a.m. Nov.… Read More »

Sound Off: Dangerous Highway 101 on/offramps

Here are some comments from Road Warrior readers: Downtown on/offramps dangerous As a downtown Santa Rosa resident, I use all of the downtown exits and onramps often. It seems that these are among the most dangerous and congestion causing exits/entrances of the newly redone Hwy 101 downtown corridor. The Hwy 12 merge to northbound 101 is often backed up coming from both east and west and requires great skill to navigate depending on where you’re coming from and where you’re… Read More »

SMART road closures arrive in Santa Rosa

Note to readers: This column has been updated. SMART rail line construction work has arrived in Santa Rosa, and that means for the next few weeks certain roads will be completely closed for a few days at a time where the streets cross the railroad tracks. Drivers will need to find alternate routes. Third Street is closed now through 6 p.m. Thursday. After that will be, likely starting the first week in November: –Sixth Street. –Guerneville Road. –Ninth Street. –College… Read More »

Police target Santa Rosa’s 4th worst collision intersection

Santa Rosa motorcycle police officers this coming week will monitor one of the city’s most collision-prone intersections — Morgan Street at College Avenue, which last year was fourth worst with 10 collisions. As part of a weekly, Monday through Sunday, special enforcement program, Officer Jeff Adams says officers particularly will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, who are illegally using cellphones, are speeding, running red lights or committing lane violations. Each week, the officers pick one of the… Read More »

Mailbag: Can buses be in No. 1 lane? College/Humboldt?

Here’s a question from a reader: Why is it that buses (usually casino bound) can drive in the #1 lane even after carpool hours are over? It seems to me that buses should be following the same rules as trucks with trailers and have to stay in the far right lane except to pass. I see almost daily buses holding up faster traffic in the #1 lane and cars maneuvering around them which is creating unsafe conditions. Thanks, Nate The answer comes from CHP Officer Jon Sloat, spokesman… Read More »