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Progress in The Narrows

There is visible progress being made on the Highway 101 improvement project between Lakeville Highway in Petaluma and Atherton Avenue in Novato, a 9.5-mile stretch, that will add frontage roads, widen bridges and improve three interchanges. As projects in The Narrows are completed, they will open, meaning motorists will notice incremental changes to the landscape rather than a grand opening of all the facilities at the end of the project. A few such pieces are already open.… Read More »

Mailbag: Forestville roundabout and the 1-lane Laughlin Bridge

Question: Does Forestville REALLY need an expensive roundabout at Hwy. 116 and Mirabel Road? Maybe we should use the money for schools or pothole repair instead and wait for the signal/roundabout decision until the Highway 116 bypass is in the works. — Jim S. Answer: It ain’t gonna happen. This is the first phase of the bypass, and it is already in the works. Because  money for this project comes from the Measure M tax approved by voters in 2004, it… Read More »

Updated: Car commercial snarls Highway 116

Reader Lisa Davis wrote in this morning about an unsual tie-up on Highway 116 west of Monte Rio. She was stuck in traffic because a car commercial was being filmed. She described the scene as “A LOT of car carrier trailers, new cars with car covers, cameras, CHP stopping traffic. Expect delays here, out to the coast.” Guerneville Towns Correspondent Stephen Gross was on the road this morning and had this to say about 11:15 a.m.: “Yes it is true.… Read More »

Mailbag: Dirt, concrete pile along 101; free air/water at gas stations; 116 hazard

Questions from our readers: What’s up with the dirt/concrete pile along 101? What is all the construction going on east of Highway 101 just south of Petaluma?  It’s been a curiosity for a couple of weeks now, and has gotten to the point where it’s now causing traffic delays in the morning.  The work isn’t technically on the freeway.  It’s just east of it, a hundred yards or so off the side of the road.  They’ve put a long orange… Read More »

Sound Off: Sebastopol mess, danger at 116/Occidental Road

Here are comments by Road Warrior readers: Traffic mess in Sebastopol Thanks for your forum to allow us to express concerns about things that our traffic people are doing (or not doing) to our traffic flows.  I apologize in advance if this sounds more brash than it should, but I am very frustrated with two things. First:  During construction recently at The Barlow (the project in Sebastopol at Highway 12 and Morris — already a highly sensitive chokepoint)) street work… Read More »

Highway 1, 101, 121 lane closures this week

Caltrans announced the following lane closures for this week: Highway 1 –One-way traffic control from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday from Shotgun Point and Sea Walk Drive on the northern Sonoma County coast for paving and striping work. Highway 121 –One-way traffic control from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday from 3.5 miles north of Highway 37 to just south of Highway 116. Highway 101 –Various lanes closed from Rohnert Park Expressway to Santa Rosa… Read More »

Weekend traffic alert

Here’s a couple of weekend events that could affect traffic: –The Gopro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma starts Friday and goes through Sunday at the Sears Point racetrack. The CHP doesn’t expect much of a problem on Friday and Saturday, but Napa Officer Jake Ramos warns congestion is expected on Highway 37 Sunday morning before the race starts and Sunday afternoon after it ends. Ramos says the CHP will have extra officers helping ease traffic pains on Saturday and Sunday,… Read More »

CHP watching traffic at Forestville School

If you drive by Forestville School on Highway 116, watch out for extra traffic and pedestrians. If you don’t, the CHP will be there to ensure you do. There’s construction starting at the school, and that’s changing how many students get to school. A sidewalk along 116 from Covey Road to the school will be closed, and that’s expected to mean more congestion in front of the school in the morning and afternoons. The CHP, starting Tuesday, plans to assign… Read More »