For Immediate Release
Supervisors approve sidewalk and lighting improvements in downtown Guerneville
SANTA ROSA, CA | June 15, 2023
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved a project to install Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks along Highway 116 in downtown Guerneville. The improvements would also include pedestrian lighting.
The California Department of Transportation, the lead agency in the project, will now advertise the construction project for bids and provide contract administration. The county will contribute $1.07 million toward the project.
“We are excited to see downtown Guerneville receive much-needed safety improvements along Highway 116, a route often used to get to the coast,” said Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, whose district includes Guerneville. “These features will increase pedestrian safety and reduce the need for maintenance on outdated infrastructure. Additionally, I am excited to be partnering with Sonoma County Public Infrastructure and Caltrans to ensure that community amenities such as tree wells, bike racks, and other landscaping components desired by the community, will be integrated into this work.”
The new sidewalk features will extend for more than a quarter mile from Brookside Lane to the intersection of River Road. The improvements include upgraded sidewalks, curb extensions at intersections to provide additional pedestrian space and visibility, and pedestrian hybrid beacons located at Mill and Church Street intersections.
The lighting improvements will replace the outdated cast-iron poles, which are no longer manufactured, and outdated wiring that requires frequent maintenance. The improvements also will increase the safety of pedestrians traversing downtown Guerneville. The installation project will begin later this year.