Santa Rosa, CA – May 25, 2021 – The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today authorized the allocation of $39,951,890 for road maintenance and paving projects during the 2022 and 2023 construction seasons. The two-year Pavement Preservation Program will repair or replace pavement on 43.44 total miles of arterial, major and minor collector roads, and local roads in unincorporated Sonoma County. The Board also authorized $20 million in PG&E settlement funds to go towards an unprecedented infrastructure investment program repairing roads, retaining walls, culverts, an emergency vehicle access road, shoulder widening, bike lane striping, funding of a bridge design and a drainage study, and the preparation of a County wide disaster debris removal plan. Since 2012, the Board of Supervisors has invested more than $120 million in discretionary dollars resulting in the completion of almost 433 miles of pavement preservation and rehabilitation projects throughout Sonoma County.
“Investments in ongoing road maintenance and capital improvements reduces maintenance liabilities, maximizes use of taxpayer dollars, improves public safety and improves access to services,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “In alignment with Sonoma County’s five-year Strategic Plan for resilient infrastructure, this program funds large-scale paving and sealing projects, drainage improvements, vegetation removal, as well as upgrades to street signs and striping, with a focus on heavily traveled roads that are vital to local economic development, agriculture, recreation, and tourism.”
The 2022 and 2023 approved projects were developed using the Road Evaluation Framework, which combines real-world observations with modeling software to help determine the most critical infrastructure needs and most efficient use of funds across an equitable distribution of repair work throughout the County. Candidate roads are identified based on roadway attributes including average daily traffic, pavement condition, relevance to bike and bus modes of travel and location relevant to access public safety facilities.
In December 2020, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted the Infrastructure Resiliency Investment Plan and allocated $59.1 million in PG&E settlement funds to finance plan project costs. The Infrastructure Resiliency Investment Plan is based on three tiers of projects to include fire-damaged roads, fire suppression and safety improvements, and disaster preparedness and mitigation opportunity investments. The Sonoma Complex Fires of October 2017, including the Tubbs, Nuns and Pocket Fires, collectively burned 110,000 acres, destroyed 5,300 homes and took the lives of 24 Sonoma County residents, while damaging or destroying public infrastructure including roads, signs, retaining walls, guardrails, trees, and culverts.
Authorized Tier 2 repair projects using $20 million in PG&E settlement funds meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Ensure a useful life that exceeds 15 years.
- Stabilize, rehabilitate or enhance existing infrastructure in areas with physical constraints, such as one-way in/one-way out, narrow, and one-lane roads in high fire and flood-risk areas.
- Reduce or mitigate risks from disasters.
- Promote preparedness for disasters county-wide.
- Contribute to leveraging additional funding towards a bigger resilient generational project.
- Promote safety and welfare of the public.
County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works officials will provide an update to the Board of Supervisors on July 13 regarding the status of the reimbursement claim appeal submitted to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Tier 1 disaster-related road repairs. Department officials intend to request Board authority to include these projects in the 2022 and 2023 Pavement Preservation Program.
The list and map of Pavement Preservation Program projects for 2022 and 2023, and the list and map of projects designated for completion through the use of PG&E settlement funds, are available here: Pavement Preservation Program