For the hefty price of $340 million, Sonoma County could one day have an unrivaled bike path system, though transportation planners concede that the hard reality of tight funding could put that goal a long way down the road.
On the day the new Graton Resort & Casino opened last week, northbound traffic on Highway 101 backed up from Rohnert Park all the way to Novato. It took drivers an hour to travel just 22 miles.
Petaluma City Council members agreed Monday to send a toned-down letter to regional transportation leaders asking for more information about hundreds of trees that have been cut down to make way for Highway 101 construction.
Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky lost his coveted seat on the powerful Sonoma County Transportation Authority to newcomer Erin Carlstrom Tuesday night. On a 4-2 vote, Carlstrom was appointed by the City Council to replace Wysocky on the 12-member board.
The pace of work to widen Highway 101 through Sonoma County is picking up and shifting to Petaluma, where four major projects to rebuild overpasses and bridges will start within the next few months. It will also probably make Petaluma traffic a mess until work is completed in late 2014.
Santa Rosa leaders, city staff and neighbors gathered Monday at the site of the new Sixth Street undercrossing to celebrate the completion of a project designed to help reconnect a city long divided by Highway 101.
The California Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved $82 million to replace the parallel spans of Highway 101 over the Petaluma River. The construction work, which could start this fall and take two years, is a major part of the widening of Highway 101 through Sonoma County and the Novato Narrows.
Replacing and widening the Highway 101 bridges over the Petaluma River is the next major step in a billion-dollar freeway project that has proceeded in spurts over the past decade — and is now within a few years of completion. The state is expected Wednesday to approve $82 million for construction that could begin this fall to replace the parallel spans over the Petaluma River that are one of the bottlenecks on the highway from Windsor to Marin County.
Installation work on bicycle lanes that have proved controversial in the city of Sonoma is set to begin. The $142,000 project is intended to ease road congestion and promote environmentally friendly modes of transportation. But some residents on Fifth Street West are worried the project will lead to increased traffic on their street.