The most recent community survey showed that once again traffic is the number one concern of Rohnert Park residents.
The good news is that we’re taking several steps to make things better. We are putting a great deal of attention to improving our intersections, including our traffic signals. This includes improving coordination with Caltrans, which operates key traffic signals on Rohnert Park Expressway and Golf Course Dr. near Highway 101. Last year we worked with Caltrans to re-time the signals.
We are linking our traffic signals on Rohnert Park Expressway and Golf Course Dr. through a central computer system. Our signals have been going through a complete overhaul operating from a “time of day” mode, which means the timing for changing lights matches pre-programmed and set patterns, to a “responsive mode.” The new computer system will use video to allow automated monitoring of traffic flow in real time and adjust signal timing to match the flow. One of the key steps in getting us to “responsive mode” is installing video equipment. This will begin shortly on Golf Course Dr. at Commerce, Roberts Lake, Double Tree and Fairway Dr. We expect to start operating in “responsive mode” by the beginning of summer and project completion is estimated to be in 12-18 months.
Another important upcoming improvement is adding a second left-turn lane from Golf Course Dr. onto Redwood Dr., which is where some of the worst back-ups occur. The additional lane is pending permits from Caltrans.
Finally, while not directly related to intersection control, we continue to invest in our roadway system. Within the past three years, we have completed widening projects on Snyder Lane and made improvements to Rohnert Park Expressway to increase capacity for vehicles and provide better pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Our 2019 construction program includes preventative maintenance for various city roads and E. Cotati Ave. repaving. As always, we appreciate the patience of our residents as we work to maintain and upgrade our roads.
Sonoma County Bunfest is happening Sat., Mar. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center. It will include speakers on bunny care and health issues, rabbit supplies for sale, a lot of adoptable rabbits to meet, a raffle and more. New this year will be a kids zone full of educational fun and bunny-themed activities for the whole family. For anyone thinking of adopting a bunny, we will be giving families the opportunity to plant their own mini bunny-food garden to take home to feed your new furry family member. There will be food and beverages for sale and an all-around great time for the whole family.