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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 County projects, slurry sealing in Oakmont and a dangerous intersection

The intersection project at Mendocino Avenue and Bicentennial Way continues to cause daytime delays, as does work on the Porter Creek Road bridge. Last week Bean Avenue in Bodega Bay was paved as part of one-time County funding for road sections leading to parks – in this case Salmon Creek Beach. Rob Silva lists the Sonoma County road projects in progress this week. Also this week, streets in Fountaingrove and Oakmont will get slurry seals, and Santa Rosa police will give… Read More »

Mailbag: Pointing fingers at CHP, walking on Hwy. 12, and applause for Caltrans

When do radar operations become fire hazards? Is it legal to walk along Highway 12? And a love letter to Caltrans. Keep reading. Question: Today I was driving north on 101 just past the northbound airport road on ramp. Sitting behind the fence alongside the highway next to the sign is a hiding place for the CHP.  I saw one standing there today he was holding a radar gun and clocking the speed of passing autos. My gripe; the supposedly well… Read More »