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Mailbag: Lobby for road repairs, triangles on the pavement and more

How can you draw attention to bad roads? What are those triangles showing up on Santa Rosa streets? And when will roadwork be done on Bloomfield Road? Here’s what has been on Road Warrior readers’ minds. Question: Mueller Rd. between Hwy. 116 and Graton Rd is desperately in need of a complete re-paving.  It’s beyond repair.  The same is true for Frei Rd. between Hwy. 116 and Guerneville Rd.  What do we have to do to draw attention to these two… Read More »

Mailbag: Speeding to the casino, training kids to use the crosswalk and an easy adjustment

This week’s letters came from readers worried about a casino bus hurrying to deliver its passengers,  a group of kids rushing to the park and a traffic light malfunction. The first two got where they were going but cut some corners in the process. The traffic signal needed an adjustment. Question: While driving north from Santa Rosa today, between Healdsburg and Geyeserville, I was passed by a bus going at least 75! This was a River Rock bus heading to… Read More »

Motorcycle riders rant about traffic lights

Sometimes motorcycles trigger the turn signals, sometimes they don’t. What gives? Just ask Jeff and McRider. Question: Why don’t left turn arrows turn green for motorcycles alone in the left turn lane? Will a long overdue fix ever come? It usually happens to me late at night, or whenever I am alone in the left turn lane, the arrow does not change to green. Some examples: College Ave & Morgan St., Guerneville Rd & Marlow Rd., Guerneville Rd & Coffey… Read More »

Gotcha covered, coming and going

Catherine de la Cruz wrote to ask about putting a Deer Crossing sign on Summerfield Road near Hoen. “A small herd of deer — at least two bucks, three does, one with twin fawns old enough to follow her — live in the CalTrans ROW and regularly cross Summerfield,” she wrote. “I see them on one side or the other every evening and would hate to see them become road kill.” Santa Rosa traffic engineer Rob Sprinkles provides visual proof… Read More »

Your 101/Airport Blvd. questions answered

Work started last night on the new interchange at Airport Blvd. and Highway 101, and readers have sent a lot of questions. Answers are coming in a few at a time. Here’s what we learned today from Rob Sprinkle, Santa Rosa traffic engineer, and  Tom O’Kane, deputy director of Sonoma County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. As of noon Tuesday, O’Kane said his office hadn’t received a single complaint. Treat that as a sign that the launch of night… Read More »

Is the traffic light broken?

No commuter ever enjoys stopping for red lights, but sitting through several light cycles or being stopped for no apparent reason can really get the blood boiling. Two readers asked about locations that bring lots of mail: Santa Rosa Avenue at Hearn Avenue, and Fountaingrove Parkway. Santa Rosa Traffic Engineer Rob Sprinkle provides the explanations. Question: What’s up with the lights at the Santa Rosa Avenue and Hearn overpass around 4 to 5 in the afternoon? I’ve seen it where… Read More »