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Roads Report: Sonoma work begins and this week’s county projects

Caltrans has started two repair projects in Sonoma — on State Route 12 from Napa Road to the junction with State Route 121, and on State Route 121 near Schellville from State Route 37 to the Sonoma Creek Bridge (near the junction with State Route 116). This work will continue for the next few months while the contractor repairs the roadway, removes old pavement and repaves. Most of the work will be completed at night, with increased noise as the… Read More »

Adobe Road closed Saturday for SMART work and other cone zones

Road work continues throughout Sonoma County with very little new to report other than a one-day road closure in Penngrove and two one-day projects on small roads near the Geysers and northwest of Santa Rosa. Here’s what to expect this week: On Saturday, June 1, SMART crews will close the railroad crossing at Adobe Road in Penngrove from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. to smooth out the conforms of the crossing. On Wednesday, May 29, the City of Santa Rosa has scheduled a consultant… Read More »

Updated: Construction hot spots in Sonoma County

Updated to include details about the sewer replacement work at Montgomery Drive and Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa.  Life slows down in Sonoma County after the weekend excitement of the bicycle race and Rose Parade in Santa Rosa, and American Graffiti cruise in Petaluma. Similarly, road projects continue with little change, a lull before the June 3 start of another Highway 101 improvement project north of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa police identify their targeted intersection of the week, and Rob… Read More »

Mailbag: Straddling white line on offramp; Penngrove turn dilemma

Here’s a question from a reader: Can you get a ticket for straddling a solid white line on the offramp from the freeway? Millie The answer comes from CHP Officer Jon Sloat, who says, “By the LETTER of the law, you technically could be cited for straddling the white line on the shoulder. However, the average officer would only cite if it were a safety issue.” Here’s another question:  My commute often takes me eastbound on Old Adobe near Penngrove,… 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 »

SMART road closure in Penngrove

SMART construction crews are scheduled Saturday to have closed Main Street in Penngrove at the railroad tracks. The road is to reopen at 9 p.m. Saturday. The closure is part of the rail district’s upgrade of the tracks through Sonoma County. Crews are tearing out old crossings and putting in new track and smooth crossings. To do so, they need to shut all lanes at each crossing day and night. ——- Follow the Road Warrior on Twitter via @PDRoadWarrior

Did CHP, Caltrans do enough in 101 closure?

When two trucks collided during the morning commute a couple of weeks on Highway 101 in Cotati, northbound lanes were closed for hours, leaving many commuters fuming. Some Road Warrior readers wondered if the CHP and Caltrans could have done more to alleviate the massive congestion that the closure caused. “It would have been very helpful to start diverting traffic off in Petaluma or Penngrove. It was ridiculous that there were no CHP to direct traffic so it continued to… Read More »