- Created on 09 June 2016
The Sonoma County Department of Transportation of Public Works has proposed a list of roads to be improved during the 2017 construction season. The board of supervisors will consider approving the list at its meeting on Tuesday, June 14. The funds for these improvements were allocated in part as the result of advocacy by SOSroads and its members. To see the proposed plan, click here (pp. 8-9 contain a map and the list of roads).
Among the roads that are proposed to be improved are Lakeville, Adobe, Napa, Petaluma Hill, River, Occidental, Mark West Springs, Lytton Springs, and Dutcher Creek.
- Created on 08 June 2016
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission released its annual report on pavement conditions throughout the Bay Area on June 2. Sonoma County’s roads in its unincorporated area continue to rank worst among the nine counties, although it did improve from a pavement condition index of 45 to 47. Among Sonoma County’s nine cities, Windsor ranked best (73) and Petaluma worst (46). Click here to see the results for all counties and cities in the Bay Area.
- Created on 09 April 2016
SOSroads sent six road policy questions concerning road repair, maintenance and funding to each candidate who is running for county supervisor this year. The initial elections will be held on Tuesday, June 7, with mail-in ballots being distributed during early May. If no candidate receives 50% in the June election, a run-off will be held in November between the two candidates who garner the most votes.
We have compiled the full responses from each of the three candidates for First District supervisor (Gina Cuclis, Supervisor Susan Gorin and Keith Rhinehart) here [click to see] and the five candidates for Fifth District supervisor (Marion Chase, Noreen Evans, Lynda Hopkins, Tom Lynch and Tim Sergent) here [click to see].
We also sent the questionnaire to Supervisor Shirlee Zane who is unopposed for reelection for her Third District seat. She declined to respond to the questionnaire and wrote “she has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to addressing the roads issue here in Sonoma County.”
SOSroads and the Hessel Grange hosted a Road Summit and Candidates’ Forum for the candidates for the Fifth District on May 5 at the Hessel Grange Hall near Sebastopol. SOSroads provided background information on Sonoma County roads and sources of road funding and the candidates discussed possible solutions that address the county roads crisis. You may view SOSroads’ presentation here.
- Created on 09 August 2015
Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother (July 2015) - The National Transportation Research Group’s July 2015 report compared roads among cities with urban populations between 250,000 and 500,000. It found that Santa Rosa Has Nation’s Third Worst Roads for a Medium-Sized City.
Using Federal Highway Administration data from 2013 the group concluded that Santa Rosa has the third highest share of roads in the nation that are rated poor (chart 5, page 15). Only 10 percent of Santa Rosa’s roads and highways are considered to be good; 12 percent are fair, 29% are mediocre and 49% are poor. For purposes of this study an urban area includes the city and its neighboring suburban areas, meaning that the county roads adjacent to Santa Rosa are included. Here also is the report's, Appendix B
- Created on 15 March 2015
On March 17, 2015 the Board of Supervisors reviewed the Department of Transportation’s proposed road work plan for 2015 and 2016. The Summary [click to see it] provides the rationale and criteria for selecting the roads. You can see a map and a list of the roads in the attachment [click to see it].
- Created on 19 December 2014
The board of supervisors adopted the latest version of the long-term road plan on October 28, 2014. It seeks to improve about 700 miles of the County road network beyond the 150 miles already improved over past three fiscal years, resulting in over 50 percent of the road network achieving “good” pavement condition index ratings or better. To achieve this goal, the board will place on the ballot in June 2015 a measure that seeks approval of a ¼ cent sales tax increase.
- Created on 19 December 2014
Street Fight - 2013 PCI Scores for Each Bay Area City and County (October 2014) - This report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) provides the pavement condition index (PCI) scores for each Bay Area county and city. The best cities in Sonoma County are Windsor and Sonoma, each with a PCI of 70. The worst is Petaluma with a PCI of 46. Sonoma County roads have a PCI of 45, which marks an improvement over the previous year.