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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 »

40-minute traffic delays expected along Highway 1

Motorists driving along the Mendocino County coast next week can expect lengthy delays during the day as Caltrans works on replacing a bridge on Highway 1 south of Elk. Starting Monday, crews will be removing part of the existing bridge over Greenwood Creek and Caltrans is warning of delays of up to 40-minutes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday. During other the rest of the day and night, one-way traffic controls will be in place seven days a… Read More »

Teen seat belt use up in state, not in Mendocino

Seat belt use by teenagers is California is at a record high, although not in Mendocino County, the state Office of Traffic Safety reports. A survey by California State University Fresno found 96.1 percent of teens were buckling up this year in the state, up from 94 percent in 2010. Nationally, teen seat belt use is in the low 80 percent range. The overall figure statewide, regardless of age, is 96.6 percent. The latest teen figure is based on a… 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 »

Traffic delays on Mendocino Coast — for photo shoot

This is not your typical traffic delay: A photo shoot for an Audi car ad. But it’s the beauty of the Mendocino County coast that is drawing a Southern California company to Highway 1 this week to shoot those photos. Caltrans issued a permit to Burrito Productions of El Segundo to take photos 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday along the highway from 0.9 mile south of San Juan Creek to 0.2 mile north of Hardy Creek, which is about 5… Read More »