Santa Rosa, CA – June 7, 2017 – Today,
the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the first contracts of the 2017
Pavement Program, kicking off construction
on 54.49 miles of roads this summer, as part of a 97 mile program approved by
the Board last year. The remaining 42.51 miles are slated for construction in
2018. When the entire 2017 program is completed the County will have paved
approximately 300 miles since the summer of 2013, funded with over $65 Million
in General Fund Contributions from the Board of Supervisors.
dedicate more General Fund money to roads than any other County in the state of
California,” stated Board Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “We have analyzed the best
way to save our roads, and found that, a lot like healthcare, preventative
maintenance is less expensive and preserves the life of our roads. We have many
miles to go, and our policy and our plans are paying off.”
to the unprecedented storms this winter, and the need to coordinate with
projects by other Agencies, the 2017 program has been divided into five parts.
The contracts for parts one and two were approved for 2017 construction, while
parts three, four and five are in progress.
treatments: chip, fog and slurry seals (40.83 miles)
improvements: overlays, full depth reclamation and cold in-place recycling
Seals to be performed by County Road Maintenance (22.59 miles)
Road Maintenance typically begins preparation for chip seal in the spring. This
year, road maintenance crews nimbly pivoted to respond to higher priority storm
damage recovery, postponing preparation work for these roads. Road maintenance
will begin preparation this summer and complete this work in 2018.
requiring redesign due to storm impacts (15.09 miles)
roads planned for 2017 construction were severely damaged by the storms, and
required more intensive pavement treatments than originally planned. The County
is diligently responding to the storm damage by re-engineering these roads for
bid later this year, and 2018 construction.
postponed to the summer of 2018 to follow utility projects (1.07 miles)
roads will be constructed following major utility projects by the City of
Rohnert Park and the Sonoma County Water Agency.
made great strides and will continue to do so with local dollars and new
funding coming in from the state,” shared Second District Supervisor David
Rabbitt, who also serves as Chair of the California State Association of
Counties Committee on Housing, Land Use and Transportation. “The roads we’ve
paved in the last few years held up in the storms, while others greatly
deteriorated. The sooner we fix our roads the more resilient we’ll be in the
The contracts approved
today total approximately $14 Million, and are funded with the 2016-17 Ongoing
General Fund Contribution to pavement preservation and the One-Time General Fund
allocation made for pavement preservation efforts in November of 2015. For more
information, including a complete list of roads in the 2017 Pavement Program,