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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 »

Worst road in Sonoma County is …

This year’s worst road in Sonoma County is Lichau Road, a scenic, country route that winds up into the hills east of Rohnert Park. At least that’s the verdict of Road Warrior readers who responded to our second annual poll last month, voting for a total of 87 roads. Runner-ups were Spring Hill Road west of Petaluma, Sonoma Mountain Road between Bennett Valley and Glen Ellen and Frei Road north of Sebastopol. Lichau and Frei were runners-up in last year’s… Read More »

3 county roads to avoid this week

Three Sonoma County road projects this week are expected to cause minor traffic delays, and the county roads department suggests you find an alternate route if possible: –Bodega Highway, from Spring Hill to Ferguson roads, today through Thursday, crews will grind out deteriorated pavement and put down new asphalt. –Calistoga Road, from Porter Creek to Plum Ranch roads, crews today and Tuesday will be clearing ditches and landslides and then Wednesday and Thursday will be doing paving work. –Westside Road,… Read More »

Why county’s worst road going to stay that way

Irwin Lane’s a bucolic, country road west of Santa Rosa that runs a mere 1.6 miles from Highway 12 to Hall Road. But it’s also Sonoma County’s worst road. And it’s not going to get any better. “The shoulders are eroding, there are huge potholes and I have to drive down the center to get a smooth ride,” said Joan Maxwell, who has lived on Irwin Lane for 17 years. In an informal poll, Maxwell and other readers of the… Read More »