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.
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.
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
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.
A report by the national origination TRIP, a national transportation research group, founds that deficient roadways cost each Bay Area driver more than $2,200 annually.
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.