Published: June 29, 2017
On June 6th, 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.
“We 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
Due 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.
- Preservation treatments: chip, fog and
slurry seals (40.83 miles)
- Pavement improvements: overlays, full depth
reclamation and cold in-place recycling (13.66)
- Chip Seals to be performed by County
Road Maintenance (22.59 miles)
- County 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.
- Roads requiring redesign due to storm
impacts (15.09 miles)
- Some 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.
- Roads postponed to the summer of 2018
to follow utility projects (1.07 miles)
- These 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 services 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
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.