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Work begins at Doran Beach

Doran Beach Road is being rebuilt from the ground up. (Photo: Janice Thompson)

Anyone who has driven out to Doran Beach in Bodega Bay can tell you how bad the road was, but in a few weeks the bumpy nightmare will be replaced by a brand new ribbon of asphalt. Sonoma County Senior Engineer Janice Thompson, who is managing this project, shot this photo Monday as work began. The road reconstruction project is expected to finish by Oct. 25, requiring crews to work 24/7 inside the park and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. outside the… Read More »

Update on Highway 101/Airport Blvd. construction

Those of you who work in the Airport Blvd. business cluster already know about road closures and detours, but what about Jake, a reader who makes an occasional trip to the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport? “Yesterday, I went to the Charles Schulz Airport via 101 from Santa Rosa. Since I don’t regularly drive to the airport (or surrounding businesses) I didn’t know the overpass construction has temporarily blocked the northbound Airport Blvd exit. I had to drive… Read More »

A happy ending at Airport Blvd.

Whose responsibility is it to maintain the landscaping around highway parcels? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Steve Mosher wrote in to ask about a lot near the Airport Boulevard freeway exchange that was so full of weeds he could barely walk past them on the sidewalk. He said last year mowing crews never visited the parcel, which runs from the Chevron Station to the U.S. 101 southbound on ramp. “This year nothing except for the trees they cut down nearby,”… Read More »

County lists roads to be repaired, repaved in spring, summer

  About 50 miles of Sonoma County-maintained roads are on track to get some type of major repairs next spring and summer. The roads include 14 that got the headlines last week when the county Board of Supervisors approved $6.5 million for that work, but there are several more, including some that have needed help for years. One example is Old Redwood Highway from Petaluma to Cotati. Here’s the full list from the county roads department and what work will… Read More »

Traffic delays on Lakeville Highway again

Crews today are to resume cutting and trimming eucalyptus trees along Lakeville Highway, likely causing some traffic delays  between Petaluma and Highway 37. One-way traffic control will be in effect from about Old Lakeville Road 2 to Old Lakeville Road 3, reported Rob Silva, roads division manager of the Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works. The work is scheduled to be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Tuesday, weather permitting, with no work on the weekend. Crews started… Read More »

Traffic delays for several days on Lakeville Highway

Drivers can expect delays starting Thursday and continuing into next week on Lakeville Highway between Petaluma and Highway 37. One-way traffic control will be in effect from about Old Lakeville Road 2 to Old Lakeville Road 3 to allow crews to remove two diseased eucalyptus trees and to cut dead limbs and otherwise do safety work on 18 others along the road, said Rob Silva, roads division manager of the Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works. The work… Read More »

List of additional roads Sonoma County decided to save

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to add about 42 miles of roads to the county’s list of priority roads that will receive enough maintenance to keep them in good shape. That’s on top of the 155.9 miles of roads that the board made a priority last year. That’s a total of 198 miles out of the 1,382.8 miles that the county is responsible for. There’s also 20.8 miles of roads that the county roads department wants… Read More »

How good, bad, ugly is your road? See maps to find out

The Sonoma County roads department has developed color-coded maps showing the conditions — from excellent to failing — of all of the roads it is responsible for. If you live on a county-maintained road, you can find it below in one of these maps. Conditions of roads maintained by Caltrans and cities are not defined. Click on a map to enlarge it. The maps were part of a presentation Tuesday to the county Board of Supervisors seeking to get the… Read More »

Mailbag: Is Old Red going to be repaved? More on Petaluma sound walls

Here’s a question from a reader: What is the schedule for repaving of Old Redwood Highway between Petaluma and Cotati? This is a heavily traveled road and has not been improved for a century. It’s not a coincidence it is called “Old.” What is the county supervisors’  solution to the poor repaving done a couple of years ago on Occidental, West Sierra, and Crane Canyon roads? The county used a repaving technique (chip seal) that rendered these roads worse than… Read More »