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U.S. 101 questions and a suggestion

Two little questions about things spotted along U.S. 101, and a suggestion about how to ease the pain as construction projects collide in Petaluma. What’s up with the sign? The question: What is with the electronic sign in Rohnert Park on NB 101 that states to turn Radio to 840 AM? It was on for a week, no message is on 840 AM. The answer: Caltrans’ electricians were testing the sign.  In the future Caltrans will use the Highway Advisory Radio for construction… Read More »

This week’s road closures and cone zones

Caltrans projects along Highway 101 lead the news this week, with delays and lane closures on Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa and from Petaluma south to the Marin County line. The following information comes from CalTrans spokesmen Adam Priest and Phil Frisbie Jr., and Sonoma County Road Department Operations Manager Rob Silva.  Caltrans – Santa Rosa Airport Blvd. at Fulton Rd. — Signal construction project begins Monday, April 15, with completion in early May. Expect up to 30-minute delays. Caltrans… Read More »

Big changes at the Road Warrior

We’re changing drivers at the Road Warrior blog. After nearly three years of writing the column — and 29 years at The Press Democrat — I’m retiring on Monday and Linda Castrone, editor of The Press Democrat’s Towns section, will take over Tuesday. She’ll do an excellent job. The column has grown tremendously since it debuted April 22, 2010, with more than 1,000 columns, a total of 3 million page views and more than 7,400 published comments from readers. I… Read More »

Mendocino County highway to be closed for 24 hours

Caltrans on Wednesday night will close Highway 162, which runs from Highway 101 north of Willits to Covelo, for 24 hours to permit additional repairs to a section of the road that washed out in last month’s storms. The highway will be closed 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday about 1.7 miles east of 101. Crews will be installing an additional piece of culvert to lengthen the one put in during emergency repairs, Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie Jr. said.… 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 »

Final part of Mendocino/Lake paving project gets under way

The Mendocino County leg of a Caltrans repaving project is under way. Work began Monday on a nearly 10.5-mile stretch of Highway 175  from Highway 101 in Hopland to just past the Lake County line, and it’ll cause traffic delays of up to 15 minutes for drivers. The work will be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and is expected to last into the summer, Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie Jr. said. The $17.6 million project began last summer in Lake… Read More »

10 mattresses and more picked up along North Coast highways

The North Coast’s highways are a bit cleaner these days, especially Highway 53 in Lake County. The highway is only about 7.5 miles long, from Lower Lake to Clearlake Oaks. But Caltrans considers it the dirtiest highway in Lake and Mendocino counties. So last Thursday, which was designated Caltrans’ statewide Annual Litter Day, it probably came as no surprise to the maintenance crews who went out to pick up litter and other garbage along 53 to discover 10 mattresses along… Read More »

Traffic lights or roundabout for Hwy. 20/29 intersection?

Caltrans today will hold an open house in Upper Lake to present information about two alternatives to improve safety at the intersection of  Highways 20 and 29: Traffic lights or a roundabout. “The project is needed because the collision rate at the intersection is 3.7 times greater than the statewide average for similar intersections,” Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie Jr. said in a statement. At today’s open house, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Upper Lake Middle Schools gym, the public… Read More »

Highway 1 bridge in Mendocino County being replaced

A two-and-a-half-year, $20.5 million project to replace an ailing bridge on Highway 1 in Mendocino County is under way, and drivers can expect some traffic delays. Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie Jr. said in a statement that the 56-year-old Greenwood Creek Bridge near Elk “is nearing the end of its service life” and ‘is in need of deck rehabilitation and rail replacement.” He said the creek’s channel shifted over the years and has exposed one of the footings for the bridge.… Read More »

Mailbag: Why cable barriers on Hwy. 101 in Ukiah?

Here’s a question from a Road Warrior reader: Do you know why they are putting all the work into making a barrier in the median strip of Highway 101 in Ukiah? There is much more traffic south of Cloverdale and with less space between north and southbound lanes there is no barrier. I can’t figure out a reason they need a barrier, and I’ve been trying for weeks now. Heard anything? Karen Here’s an answer from Caltrans District 1 spokesman… Read More »