Santa Rosa, CA – May 23, 2019 – On
May 21, the Board of Supervisors approved funding and a plan to rehabilitate
and preserve over 51 miles of roads in 2020 and 2021. The new two-year plan
includes $24 million of general funds and $13 million of state and other local
funding for a total of $37 million.
2013 through 2021, the Board will improve 433 miles of Sonoma County roads,
primarily funded with $117 million of discretionary general fund dollars.
That’s more miles than the County of Marin’s network, and we typically dedicate
more general fund money to roads than any other County in California,” Board
Chair and District 2 Supervisor, David Rabbitt, said. “This investment reflects
a proactive approach to addressing the priorities of our residents, and will
benefit communities across the County.”
plan includes major rehabilitation work on 40 miles of roads, and another 11
miles of roads that will receive pavement preservation treatments in the
County’s transportation system. Some notable roads receiving major improvements
miles of neighborhood roads near Sonoma Valley Unified School
miles of Hessel Road
miles on East Cotati Avenue
miles on North and South Fitch Mountain Roads
miles of Bohemian Highway
addition to general funds, the 51 miles approved in the plan will be funded
with Measure L Transient Occupancy Tax, state gas tax (Senate Bill 1: Road
Repair and Accountability Act) revenue, and one-time Graton Mitigation Funds.
The Transportation and Public Works Department will begin construction of the
program in 2020, and it will continue through 2021.
plan continues the Boards commitment to investing in Sonoma County’s
transportation infrastructure, grounded in the 2014 Long Term Road Plan where
the board established a primary goal of improving over 700 miles of the County
roads, dramatically improving the roads most traveled and vital in support of
the County’s economy, agriculture, recreation and tourism activities. This
effort was furthered in 2017, when the California legislature authorized Senate
Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, which stabilized and increased
revenues for road infrastructure.