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101 construction begins at Airport Blvd. and Petaluma closure

Here’s what you need to know about the Airport Boulevard interchange construction at Highway 101 that begins tonight: Crews will begin construction at 7 p.m. June 3, working 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Monday through Saturday for several weeks. The first phase involves building new on- and off-ramps  at the Airport Boulevard interchange north of Santa Rosa, and replacing the current two-lane overcrossing with a new five-land bridge. Read more about the project and see a map of the planned changes HERE.… Read More »

Updated: Anchors aweigh on Airport Blvd. construction

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After nearly a decade of planning, construction begins Monday, June 3, on the expanded and redesigned freeway interchange at Airport Boulevard, north of Santa Rosa. Expect construction detours to begin Monday, as the northbound loop off-ramp at Airport Boulevard is permanently closed. Traffic will be detoured to the Fulton Road off-ramp. Work will continue through late 2014 as crews convert the Airport Boulevard and Fulton Road on- and off-ramps into one single interchange, replace the two-lane Airport Boulevard overpass with… Read More »

Updated: Construction hot spots in Sonoma County

Updated to include details about the sewer replacement work at Montgomery Drive and Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa.  Life slows down in Sonoma County after the weekend excitement of the bicycle race and Rose Parade in Santa Rosa, and American Graffiti cruise in Petaluma. Similarly, road projects continue with little change, a lull before the June 3 start of another Highway 101 improvement project north of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa police identify their targeted intersection of the week, and Rob… 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 »

U.S. 101 questions and a suggestion

Two little questions about things spotted along U.S. 101, and a suggestion about how to ease the pain as construction projects collide in Petaluma. What’s up with the sign? The question: What is with the electronic sign in Rohnert Park on NB 101 that states to turn Radio to 840 AM? It was on for a week, no message is on 840 AM. The answer: Caltrans’ electricians were testing the sign.  In the future Caltrans will use the Highway Advisory Radio for construction… Read More »

Updated: Construction heats up in Petaluma, and other cone zones

Updated May 6 with road projects throughout Sonoma County. Watch for road closures and detours in Petaluma as work heats up on the Highway 101 widening project. Here’s the latest information about it and other road construction projects throughout the North Coast during the week of May 5-10. Petaluma State Route 116 will be closed Tuesday through Friday while portions of the southbound U.S. 101 bridge are demolished. Hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday nights and… Read More »

Look at what’s ahead for Airport Blvd.

Real construction work won’t begin until June 3 on the new Airport Boulevard interchange off Highway 101 north of Santa Rosa, but Caltrans has released images of the design and the proposed detours. Take a look at what is planned for the project that will be with us until late 2014, when the newly designed Airport Boulevard exit will include a new five-lane bridge across Highway 101, a sidewalk for pedestrians and Class II bike lanes. The Fulton Road exit… Read More »