Supervisors approve road improvement plan
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors recently approved funding and a plan for resurfacing 82 miles of roads in 2018 and 2019.
The 82 miles will be funded with $28 million, sourced from local discretionary dollars, including the Measure L Transient Occupancy Tax, and the new state gas tax. The program includes 25 miles of repairs and resurfacing on roads that were severely damaged in last winter’s storms, and 57 miles of other roads that were selected using criteria such as pavement condition, traffic volume, and access to public safety facilities.
In Sonoma Valley, road pavement preservation projects for 2018-19 include Trinity Road from Sonoma Highway up to the county line, Arnold Drive between Boyes Boulevard and Madrone Road, Agua Caliente Road between Sonoma Highway and the bridge, Grove Street between White Alder and Arnold Drive, and Riverside Drive between Lucas Avenue and Boyes Boulevard.
“I am pleased that this funding is finally trickling down to repair some of our crumbly neighborhood roads, a few this year and more next year,” said First District Supervisor Susan Gorin. “I’m working with a number of our residents to help prioritize sections of neighborhood roads all over the district for repaving.”
From 2013-2019 the Board of Supervisors has committed $91 million of local funding to resurfacing roads that, when added to $21 million of state and federal funding, will bring the total to 384 miles of roads over the seven year period.
“These investments in roads reflect the priorities of our residents, and the improved infrastructure will benefit drivers, cyclists, our economy, and future generations,” stated Board Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “We’ve combined reliable funding with good planning to fix roads at the end of their life-span, and maintain good roads to extend pavement life.”
The county’s Transportation and Public Works Department will begin construction on the program in 2018, and it will continue through 2019. In addition to the new 2018-2019 construction, in 2018 Transportation and Public Works is planning to resurface 41 miles of roads that were originally scheduled for 2017, but were delayed primarily due to the winter storms.
Historically, road improvements are primarily funded through the state gas tax; however, due to years of stagnant funding, California’s roads needed an additional boost to address crumbling infrastructure statewide. In April 2017, the state passed Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act. Today, in addition to approving the 2018-2019 pavement plan, the Board of Supervisors announced that they will dedicate the first year of state funding, estimated to be $3.9 million, to activities including resurfacing roads, ditching, and replacing culverts.
To see which roads are planned for resurfacing in the next two years visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/TPW/Roads/Services/Pavement-Preservation/.