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Sound Off: Readers let off steam about other drivers, sluggish road projects and cops without turn signals

Sometimes Road Warrior readers just need a chance to vent about bad drivers, dangerous road conditions, road construction that moves at glacial speed and cops who don’t follow the rules. Here’s what is on their minds. Don’t swerve on a curve When did crossing the double yellow line and driving in the oncoming lane become so common? I live in Occidental and see the annual influx of bicycle riders preparing for the Gran Fondo and other bicycle races. I frequently… 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 »

Mailbag: Frustrating red light at Highway 12/Brush Creek; calling the CHP

Here’s a question from a Road Warrior reader: Can you look into the signal light issues that have been occurring Brush Creek Rd and Hwy 12 intersection ever since Caltrans did work there back in August. The sensors DO NOT WORK and cars waiting to turn left and head east onto Hwy 12 from Brush Creek Road are left sitting at the signal for sometimes close to 8 to 10 minutes waiting for a green light. Just this past weekend,… Read More »

Mailbag: Is Old Red going to be repaved? More on Petaluma sound walls

Here’s a question from a reader: What is the schedule for repaving of Old Redwood Highway between Petaluma and Cotati? This is a heavily traveled road and has not been improved for a century. It’s not a coincidence it is called “Old.” What is the county supervisors’  solution to the poor repaving done a couple of years ago on Occidental, West Sierra, and Crane Canyon roads? The county used a repaving technique (chip seal) that rendered these roads worse than… Read More »

Santa Rosa intersection under police scrutiny

Santa Rosa traffic police officers this Monday through Sunday are scheduled to monitor one of the city’s ninth most dangerous intersections — Occidental Road at Stony Point Road, which last year was tied with seven traffic collisions. As part of a weekly special enforcement program, officers particularly will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, who are illegally using cell phones, are speeding, running red lights or committing lane violations. To read about the city’s other top intersections for… Read More »

Another westside intersection targeted by Santa Rosa police

Santa Rosa motorcycle police officers will be keeping an eye out Monday through next Sunday for traffic violators at Occidental Road at Stony Point Road, which was tied for the ninth-highest number of collisions last year with seven. As part of a special enforcement program, officers particularly will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts, who are illegally using cell phones, are speeding, running red lights or committing lane violations. To read about the city’s other top intersections for… Read More »

Santa Rosa intersections with most collisions

Here are 24 intersections in Santa Rosa where you want to be particularly careful because, for one reason or the other, they had the most collisions last year: No. 1: Sebastopol Road at Stony Point Road, with 20 collisions in 2010 compared to 19 in 2009. It ranked No. 1 for the second straight year. To read more about this intersection, CLICK HERE. No. 2: Highway 12 at Mission Boulevard, with 17 collisions vs. 16 last year, and again was… Read More »

Santa Rosa police target 7th most dangerous intersection

Santa Rosa motorcycle police officers will be keeping an eye out this week for traffic violators at Stony Point Road and Occidental Road — tied for the seventh most dangerous with eight collisions in 2009. Officer Jeff Adams said in a news release that officers particularly will be looking for drivers who run the red lights there, not wearing seat belts, not going hands free in cell phone use, speeding and lane violations. For a previous story on all of… Read More »