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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Fixing roadway system
February 2, 2018

In Rohnert Park we pride ourselves on listening to our residents. One of the best tools we have to hear from you is our annual on-line Community Survey, which is now available at www.rpcity.org/survey. 

 The survey asks for your opinions on a wide variety of topics. We’re interested in how well the city is meeting your needs, how we’re doing with customer service, what issues are most important to you and what you would like to see change. No matter how well we think we’re doing, what counts is what you, our residents, say. 

 Last year we heard from over 2,400 people, which is a terrific response rate for a city our size. I hope that we have at least that many responses again. 

 One of the most important ways we use the survey is to set priorities. Last year’s survey showed that traffic is a major concern. In response, 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 Drive. Traffic engineering studies are underway and we expect the coordinated re-timing will be complete in April. 

 Simultaneously, we are linking our traffic signals on Rohnert Park Expressway and Golf Course Drive through a central computer system. Currently, our traffic signals operate in “time of day” mode, which means the timing for changing lights matches pre-programmed and set patterns. While this is better than having the timing constant at all times, it cannot respond to actual traffic conditions, which may be different than the pre-programed peaks. The new computer system will allow us to monitor traffic flow in real time and adjust signal timing to match traffic flow. We expect to have this improved system in place this summer.  

While our focus in 2018 is signal performance and timing, we are also exploring roundabouts as a way to better manage some intersections that will need an upgrade. The preliminary results of a study were presented to the city council last week. Based on the initial results, we are designing and will eventually install a roundabout at the Southwest Boulevard and Commerce Boulevard intersection. 

Finally, while not directly related to intersection control, we continue to invest in our roadway system.  Within the past two years, the city has completed widening projects on Snyder Lane and Rohnert Park Expressway, to provide more capacity for vehicles and better pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Our 2018 summer construction program includes repaving of Circle Drive and Keiser Avenue, along with final repaving of the south side of Rohnert Park Expressway between Snyder Lane and Petaluma Hill Road. As always, we appreciate the patience of our residents as we work to maintain and upgrade our roads.