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This week’s cone zones

Petaluma continues to dominate the Sonoma County road construction activity, with SMART and Caltrans work in addition to ongoing city projects. In Santa Rosa, work begins to replace antiquated sewer and water lines around Montgomery Village, a project that will continue through November. A complete list of Caltrans projects throughout the North Coast follows. Petaluma SMART crews will start replacing the railroad crossing at D Street at 6 a.m. Monday, April 29. The work is expected to be finished by… Read More »

This week’s cone zones

Here’s the latest information about road construction projects and lane closures throughout Sonoma County during the week of April 1-5, courtesy of Rob Silva, roads division manager for Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works. It’s followed by a roundup of CalTrans projects throughout the North Coast: SONOMA COUNTY The Cotati crew will resume work today on the Stony Point Road culvert, replacing the second section of 80 feet. The Bridge crew will continue work this week replacing timber… Read More »

Big drop in tickets, crashes in Sonoma County, CHP stats show

The number of tickets written by CHP officers in Sonoma County dropped  by more than 20 percent and traffic crashes fell by nearly 15 percent last year compared to 2011, according to the latest statistics. The 27,259 tickets written by the local CHP, which covers Sonoma County except for part of the Sonoma Valley, was down from 2011′s 35, 385, 2010′s 37,003 and 2009′s 37,378. The local spokesman, CHP Officer Jon Sloat, said he and other CHP officials haven’t been… Read More »

More paving work on Highways 128, 53

Caltrans on Friday plans to start repaving a four-mile stretch of Highway 128 in the Boonville area, and it expects some traffic delays. The $1.5 million construction project will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and is expected to last until the end of August. The work will be done from Con Creek to Robinson Creek, and traffic delays of up to 10 minutes are possible. Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie Jr. said the work is “normal preventive… Read More »

Final part of Mendocino/Lake paving project gets under way

The Mendocino County leg of a Caltrans repaving project is under way. Work began Monday on a nearly 10.5-mile stretch of Highway 175  from Highway 101 in Hopland to just past the Lake County line, and it’ll cause traffic delays of up to 15 minutes for drivers. The work will be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and is expected to last into the summer, Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie Jr. said. The $17.6 million project began last summer in Lake… Read More »