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 [...]

By | May 14th, 2013|8 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 15th, 2013|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | March 3rd, 2013|28 Comments

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 [...]

By | January 2nd, 2013|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | August 9th, 2012|2 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 30th, 2012|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 25th, 2012|7 Comments

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 [...]

By | February 16th, 2012|12 Comments

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 [...]

By | February 6th, 2012|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | November 25th, 2011|10 Comments