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Roads Report: This week’s road projects and closures

Lichau Rd Chip Seal, 9-4-2013 001

Rob Silva, Sonoma County’s roads department operations manager, sent this photo of the chip seal crew on Lichau Road and an update on this week’s county projects. Expect night paving on Old Redwood Highway between Cotati and Petaluma, and longer than normal delays Thursday and Friday on Porter Creek Road. On Old Redwood Highway in the Penngrove area, the paving contractor will begin night time paving Tuesday, Sept. 10. working 7 p.m.-7 a.m. this week and next. It’s a big project –… Read More »

Roads Report: Work sites and lane closures

Night closures in Petaluma on Highway 101 at the Old Redwood Highway are scheduled this week. In Sonoma County, road crews are busy with chip seal, paving and striping jobs this week, in addition to building guard rails on Fulton Road and continuing the bridge building on Porter Creek Road. Highway 101 closures Caltrans will close up to two lanes of northbound and southbound Highway 101 at the Old Redwood Highway Interchange 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. At least… Read More »

Mailbag: Crosswalk warning, or a target?

Here’s a question from a reader: I’ve noticed these signs popping up all over the place in the middle of crosswalks. They are narrow tall signs mounted to the street that say yield to pedestrians. One spot I have noticed them is at the crosswalk at Old Redwood Hwy at Lark Center Drive in front of the Larkfield Shopping Center. These signs are usually out of the way but at this crosswalk they are effectively in the middle of the… Read More »

County lists roads to be repaired, repaved in spring, summer

  About 50 miles of Sonoma County-maintained roads are on track to get some type of major repairs next spring and summer. The roads include 14 that got the headlines last week when the county Board of Supervisors approved $6.5 million for that work, but there are several more, including some that have needed help for years. One example is Old Redwood Highway from Petaluma to Cotati. Here’s the full list from the county roads department and what work will… Read More »

Highway 1, 101, 121 lane closures this week

Caltrans announced the following lane closures for this week: Highway 1 –One-way traffic control from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday from Shotgun Point and Sea Walk Drive on the northern Sonoma County coast for paving and striping work. Highway 121 –One-way traffic control from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday from 3.5 miles north of Highway 37 to just south of Highway 116. Highway 101 –Various lanes closed from Rohnert Park Expressway to Santa Rosa… Read More »

Latest update on Highway 101, lane closures

For Highway 101 drivers, relief is almost here. Caltrans is continuing to do finishing work on the highway between Santa Rosa Avenue and Rohnert Park Expressway, and Caltrans spokesman Adam Priest says the third lane is expected to be open by the end of this month or early September. But he adds a caveat: “With that, these projects require scheduling of stripers, etc., during a very busy time for construction.” So it could be later. Once opened, the third lane… Read More »

Highway 101 lane closures start Thursday

Caltrans says it’ll close a southbound lane of Highway 101 between Healdsburg and Windsor for several upcoming nights to allow emergency repairs to concrete sections of the road. The closures start Thursday night and will affect the right southbound lane from Old Redwood Highway in Healdsburg to the downtown Windsor offramp. This project has been scheduled twice in the past month and canceled within hours both times. Caltrans hasn’t explained why and hasn’t responded to our inquiries asking why. The… Read More »