Roads Report: This week’s road projects and closures

Rob Silva, Sonoma County's roads department operations manager, sent this photo of the chip seal crew on Lichau Road and an update on this week's county projects. Expect night paving on Old Redwood Highway between Cotati and Petaluma, and longer than normal delays Thursday and Friday on Porter Creek Road. [...]

By | September 10th, 2013|1 Comment

Latest update on Highway 101, lane closures

For Highway 101 drivers, relief is almost here. Caltrans is continuing to do finishing work on the highway between Santa Rosa Avenue and Rohnert Park Expressway, and Caltrans spokesman Adam Priest says the third lane is expected to be open by the end of this month or early September. But [...]

By | August 12th, 2012|1 Comment

More drivers trying to beat the red light

I’ve heard people joke that a green light means go, a yellow light means go faster and a red light means stop. But I don’t think it’s a joke any longer: More people seem to be trying to beat red lights and they’re stepping on the gas when the light [...]

By | August 6th, 2012|28 Comments

Main Cotati street to be closed

SMART rail work will close East Cotati Avenue in Cotati on Friday through Sunday at the train tracks. It's part of the rail district upgrading the tracks through Sonoma County. Crews are going through the county tearing out the old crossings and putting in new track. To detour around the [...]

By | August 3rd, 2012|8 Comments

Traffic delays this week on Highways 29, 101, 128

Caltrans plans road work this week on Highways 29, 101 and 128, and drivers can expect some traffic delays. --Highway 29, from Highway 128 in Calistoga to two-tenths of a mile north of Silverado Trail, for grinding out bad sections of road and replacing with fresh pavement. Work hours will [...]

By | July 22nd, 2012|0 Comments

Answers to your Caltrans questions

Here are answers to some of the questions readers posed last week for Caltrans: --When will the section of freeway in Cotati change from a 55-MPH zone to a regular 65 zone? Anthony Caltrans officials said once crews finish putting the final paving and striping on Highway 101 there, they'll [...]

By | June 6th, 2012|3 Comments

Here’s a chance to ask Caltrans a question

Caltrans this week is holding a briefing for the media about the Highway 101 widening in Rohnert Park and Cotati and the East Washington Street interchange project in Petaluma. The Road Warrior will be there, so if you have questions about those projects, send them to me by leaving a [...]

By | May 30th, 2012|27 Comments

Do you leave big or small gaps at stoplights?

At stoplights or stop signs, you see some drivers leaving huge gaps between them and the car in front. Others are almost sitting on the car's  bumper. What's going on? It's not an issue addressed in the state Vehicle Code, Petaluma Police Sgt. Ken Savano notes. Some drivers like to [...]

By | April 3rd, 2012|30 Comments

Mailbag: Is Old Red going to be repaved? More on Petaluma sound walls

Here's a question from a reader: What is the schedule for repaving of Old Redwood Highway between Petaluma and Cotati? This is a heavily traveled road and has not been improved for a century. It’s not a coincidence it is called "Old." What is the county supervisors'  solution to the [...]

By | February 3rd, 2012|0 Comments

Anti-DUI task force gets $300,000

Sonoma County's anti-DUI campaign will continue after the state awarded a $300,000 grant for the Avoid the 13 task force. The task force, which includes all police agencies in the county and is coordinated by Petaluma police, had a three-year grant of $659,000 that ended Sept. 30. The money pays [...]

By | November 3rd, 2011|12 Comments