‘One of the worst stretches of highway in the North Bay’
SANTA ROSA — The California Transportation Commission on Wednesday is set to consider allocating $67 million in gas tax money to replace 14 miles of bumpy sectional concrete roadway on Highway 101 between Windsor and Geyserville.
The project will be among roughly $7 billion in state highway maintenance projects vying for about $2 billion in federal and state gasoline tax money apportioned annually to the State Highway Operations and Protection Program, or SHOPP.
The work is set to be done in 2016 after environmental review and design work. The project would involve resurfacing and restoration of the pavement on the highway and ramps in both directions.
“As anyone who drives this corridor knows, your teeth start to rattle as soon as you head north of Windsor,” said Mike McGuire, who represents the north county on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, in a statement. “Repairing this stretch of highway will make it safer for commuters and, after 30 years of a bumpy ride, fix one of the worst stretches of highway in the North Bay.”
He and three other Sonoma County Transportation Authority board members who are elected officials for local jurisdictions in the northern end of the county said they have had several meetings and site visits with state Department of Transportation since asking Caltrans for emergency fixes to the section of roadway and to back the proposal for SHOPP funds.
“The roadway has deteriorated significantly over the last several years, creating unsafe conditions for travelers in the northern part of Sonoma County,” authority members Mr. McGuire, Steve Allen of Windsor, Tom Chambers of Healdsburg and Carol Russell of Cloverdale wrote to Caltrans local director Bijan Sartipi last September. “Emergency repairs to replace some of the slabs have been completed in certain sections, but there are a growing number of areas that are in very bad condition.”
Those repairs included filling “large potholes” in the roadway.
“It is particularly good news for the economy as this corridor is the lifeline for goods movement and tourism,” Ms. Russell said.
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