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Mailbag: Parking, potholes and posted speed limits

More about how to avoid traffic tickets You wrote earlier that vehicles must actually leave the block after two hours to avoid tickets in two-hour free parking zones. I would be curious to see a followup on how parking people enforce that – it would seem to require either a prodigious memory on the part of parking officers or careful record keeping in the field to know which cars have moved at least a block and have not returned to… Read More »

Flooding shuts Sonoma County roads

The Sonoma County roads department reports that as of late morning Wednesday, these roads are closed because of flooding: – Valley Ford Road east of Highway 1. – Green Valley Road from Thomas to Sullivan roads. ————– Follow the Road Warrior on Twitter via @PDRoadWarrior

Last storm-closed roads open

The last two roads in Sonoma County closed by the aftermath of last weekend’s storms reopened Tuesday, the county roads department says. Wohler Road had been flooded at River Road, and Trenton Road was flooded between Laguna and River roads. During the height of the storms, at least 25 roads maintained by the county were closed, says Rob Silva, roads department operations manager of the county Department of Transportation and Public Works. Most of those were because trees fell and… Read More »

Road work this week may mean traffic delays

Here are some road projects that are expected to cause traffic delays this week: Caltrans: –Highway 1, from Iverson Avenue in Point Arena to just north of Kinney Road near Manchester State Park, shoulder improvements are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. One-way traffic control will be in effect; 15-minute delays expected. –Highway 1, Greenwood Creek Bridge near Elk is being replaced with 24/7 one-way traffic control. Forty-minute delays possible 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven… Read More »

Mailbag: Crosswalk warning, or a target?

Here’s a question from a reader: I’ve noticed these signs popping up all over the place in the middle of crosswalks. They are narrow tall signs mounted to the street that say yield to pedestrians. One spot I have noticed them is at the crosswalk at Old Redwood Hwy at Lark Center Drive in front of the Larkfield Shopping Center. These signs are usually out of the way but at this crosswalk they are effectively in the middle of the… Read More »

Road work on Highway 101, in Sonoma County this week

Caltrans and the Sonoma County roads department plan the following road work this week that may cause traffic delays: –Highway 101, various lanes closed from Rohnert Park Expressway to Todd Road from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. –Highway 101, various lanes closed from Rohnert Park Expressway to Todd Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. –Highway 101, various lanes closed from Corona Road to Rohnert Park from 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through… Read More »

Traffic delays likely this week in Bennett Valley, Petaluma, on Highway 101

Here’s some road projects that may cause some traffic delays: –In Bennett Valley, if it doesn’t rain as some forecasts expect, the Sonoma County roads department on Monday plans to grind down Bennett Valley Road west of Sonoma Mountain Road and then repave it. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and the project is expected to last a week. –Highway 101,  Caltrans will close various lanes from Rohnert Park Expressway to Todd Road from 8 p.m. to… Read More »

The worst road in Sonoma County is …

It’s only a mile long, but it’s narrow, cracked, sections of its sides are dropping away and it’s riddled with pothole patches with more potholes unfilled. It’s Keiser Avenue in Rohnert Park, and it’s the worst road in Sonoma County, according to readers who voted in the Road Warrior’s Third Annual Worst Road Contest. A total of 82 roads were singled out by readers as their worst, and although Keiser “won” this year, a drive around the county, particularly in… Read More »

Sound Off: Potholes, paving and a missing sign

A collection of comments from Road Warrior readers: Roads department quick in pothole response After reading the many Press Democrat reports regarding the county budget issues and their affect on the Public Works Dept., I would like to report on the response of the Public Works Road Dept. on pothole complaints. After calling the Public Works Dept. or filling out the online form, the potholes reported were usually filled within 1 business day. I was surprised at the response because of the… Read More »