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Road repair projects this week around Sonoma County

Smoother roads are coming this week as Sonoma County roads crews get out and about, and there’ll be some possible traffic delays: –Crane Canyon Road, near Ala Monte Drive, crews 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday will grind out damaged pavement and put down fresh asphalt. –Porter Creek Road, from Mark West Springs to Petrified Forest roads, crews will grind out and replace sections of damaged pavement 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. –Todd Road, from… Read More »

Santa Rosa gas prices fall a bit

There’s hope: Gas prices are slowly inching down in Santa Rosa and across the state, AAA reports. The average price for regular on Monday was $4.23 a gallon, down about a penny from the day before, down 5 cents from a week ago and down 10 cents from a month ago. But a year ago, gas was $4.154. Still, prices range widely in Santa Rosa, with $3.98 apparently the lowest. That’s at the 76 station at Old Redwood Highway and… Read More »

Gas for less than $4 a gallon

I had to stop and look twice. Yep, gas for less than $4 a gallon in Santa Rosa. The Union 76 station at Mark West Springs Road and Old Redwood Highway in Larkfield, just north of Santa Rosa, is selling regular for $3.98 for cash, as of Saturday afternoon. That compares to, according to gasbuddy.com, $4.15 a gallon at Costco and various Arco stations in Santa Rosa, which typically have the lowest prices. The average price Saturday for Santa Rosa… Read More »

Road projects, traffic delays

Here are some road projects this week where traffic delays are likely: –Arnold Drive, from London Ranch Road to the Sonoma Development Center, for paving completion, all week. –Bennett Valley Road, from Grange Road to Santa Rosa, for road striping on Thursday. –Bodega Highway, from Sexton to Jonive roads, for road striping on Wednesday. –Lakeville Road, from Old Lakeville No. 2 to Old Lakeville No. 3, for tree trimming/removal, all week. –Leveroni Road, from Arnold Drive to Sonoma, road striping… Read More »

Traffic delays on key rural roads

The Sonoma County roads department plans work this week on some key rural roads and warns traffic delays are likely: –Bennett Valley Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday for repaving from Grange Road to Santa Rosa. Crews also will cleaning ditches along Bennett Valley Road from Sonoma Mountain Road east to Warm Springs Road. –Bodega Highway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Monday for repaving from Sexton to Jonive roads. –Mark West Springs Road… Read More »

Traffic delays on 3 major county roads

UPDATED TO ADD BENNETT VALLEY ROAD: Traffic delays are likely this week on three major rural roads in Sonoma County because of paving work. Crews will be working Thursday and Friday on Bodega Highway from Sexton to Jonive roads, on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday on Mark West Springs Road from Mark West Lane to Mark West Springs Lodge and on Thursday and Friday and early next week on Bennett Valley Road between Grange Road and Santa Rosa. The county… Read More »

4 county roads to be repaved

Sonoma County plans to smooth out the bumps and holes along four roads this month through paving projects. Steve Urbanek, pavement preservation manager for the county’s Transportation and Public Works Department, said, weather permitting, the work should start in late June and may go into early July. The roads are: –Leveroni Road, from Arnold Drive to the Sonoma city limits. –Bodega Highway, from Jonive to Sexton roads. –Bennett Valley Road, from Grange Road to the Santa Rosa city limits. –Mark… Read More »

4 county roads to be repaved this summer

Relief is coming this summer for some local drivers tired of banged up roads. Federal money saved from road projects around the state has been funneled to Sonoma County for four repaving projects: –Leveroni Road, from Arnold Drive to the Sonoma city limits. –Bodega Highway, from Jonive Road to Sexton Road. –Mark West Springs Road, from about Leslie Road west for a short stretch. –Bennett Valley Road, from Grange Road to the Santa Rosa city limits.. Steve Urbanek, pavement preservation… Read More »

A truck every 2 minutes hauling dirt to Sutter site

Here’s a possible traffic delay that you may want to avoid for the next four weeks. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 25 to 30 big-rig trucks an hour — that’s about one every two minutes — will be hauling dirt down River Road to the construction site of the new Sutter Health hospital next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts north of Santa Rosa. The trucks are bringing a total of 60,000 cubic yards… Read More »