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KGO’s legendary Stan Burford calls it quits

After more than three decades of keeping his eye on Bay Area traffic congestion and guiding commuters through it, KGO radio’s Stan Burford is calling it quits. “I’m 69 and I turn 70 in December,” the dean of Bay Area traffic reporters explained when asked why he’s retiring. His 51-year career in radio and TV broadcasting — the last 32 at KGO radio 810 AM — ends Friday. When he started his traffic reports, Sonoma County traffic wasn’t on the… Read More »

Road projects, traffic delays this week in Sonoma County

Here are some road projects this week in Sonoma County that may affect you: –On Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., county roads crews will be grinding out damaged pavement and putting down fresh asphalt on Crane Canyon Road near Grange Road. Traffic will be down to one lane. –On Monday, Caltrans plans to close the southbound Highway 101 onramp from East Washington Street in Petaluma from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Caltrans says it may close it again… Read More »

Weekend BUI crackdown on local lakes

North Coast sheriff’s deputies are stepping up enforcement against drunken boaters this weekend. Instead of a DUI, it’s called a BUI (boating under the influence) and it can land you in just as much trouble. “We want people to have a great time on the water, but we want them to be responsible,” Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Hoener said. Today through Sunday, Hoener and other deputies will be looking for BUIs on Lake Sonoma, the Russian River, the Petaluma… Read More »

Hwy. 1, 101, 116 lane closures this week

Highway construction season is back in swing in Sonoma County, so that means Caltrans is getting busy with lane closures. Here are this week’s closures, according to Caltrans: –Highway 1, two miles south of the Russian River Bridge, one-way traffic control 24/7 for storm damage repair. –Highway 116, just east of Monte Rio, one-way traffic control, 24/7, for pavement repair and resurfacing. –Highway 116, under Highway 101 in Cotati, completely closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday to Friday for… Read More »

Traffic control starts Friday on Hwy. 1

Caltrans on Friday will cut Highway 1 down to one lane at a point two miles south of the Russian River for construction work. The one-way traffic control through a temporary traffic light will be 24/7 for about one month. The recent heavy rains caused a slipout along the highway, and crews will be building a retaining wall at the spot to try to prevent more slipouts.