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Road closures on Petaluma, Sonoma, county roads

A few isolated road closures will join the list of ongoing road projects throughout Sonoma County, including a two-night closure at the Lakeville Highway/101 intersection in Petaluma, a Sunday morning closure in Sonoma and along the Carneros Highway to Napa, a few chip seal projects and extra police attention on Santa Rosa’s most collision-prone intersection. In Petaluma, the Lakeville Highway (State Route 116) will be closed Thursday and Friday nights, July 18 and 19, at the Highway 101 interchange while… Read More »

How to report an idiot driver, and other questions from the road

Can you report a dangerous driver, are trucks hauling dirt responsible for cracked windshields, and a plea to stop flicking butts out the window. CHP Officer Jon Sloat provides all the answers. Question: I was stopped at a flashing pedestrian crossing in Sonoma on June 20, a bicycle was crossing, and the jerk in a mini-van behind me decided that we were stopped for no reason. He pulled around me ON THE RIGHT into a parking lane and flew through… Read More »

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 Rob Silva.  Caltrans – Santa Rosa Airport Blvd. at Fulton Rd. — Signal construction project begins Monday, April 15, with completion in early May. Expect up to 30-minute delays. Caltrans… Read More »

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 »

You dug it up? You repair it

When utility companies or other contractors dig up the road, who’s responsible for repairing it once they’re done? They are, Sonoma County sources said. But reader Myra Goodman asked specifically about the intersection of Arnold Drive at Agua Caliente Road in Sonoma. “They recently did some extensive work at that intersection which required digging a trench on Arnold Drive,” she wrote. ” The section of road at that intersection was paved no more than 9 months ago.  PG&E did a… Read More »

Are you a ‘mega-commuter’?

About 8.1 percent of U.S. workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer, and nearly 600,000 full-time “mega commuters” travel at least 90 minutes and 50 miles. The average one-way daily commute for workers across the country is 25.5 minutes, and one in four commuters leave their county to work. These figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey, which was released Tuesday. The San Francisco area heads the list, with 2.09 percent of its workforce categorized… 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 »

Weekend traffic alert

Here’s a couple of weekend events that could affect traffic: –The Gopro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma starts Friday and goes through Sunday at the Sears Point racetrack. The CHP doesn’t expect much of a problem on Friday and Saturday, but Napa Officer Jake Ramos warns congestion is expected on Highway 37 Sunday morning before the race starts and Sunday afternoon after it ends. Ramos says the CHP will have extra officers helping ease traffic pains on Saturday and Sunday,… Read More »