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September 15, 2019
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City of Rohnert Park

Mary Grace Pawson
What’s new with traffic?
September 13, 2019

We know you want to be “in the know” about the effects of construction on traffic around town. I’d like to focus on the downtown area. The city is working hard to make improvements to our infrastructure to support the downtown area.

In August, preparation for the downtown area and the building of Station Avenue (a 32-acre development at Rohnert Park Expressway and State Farm Dr.) began. These improvements are scheduled to be complete in Feb. of 2020.

So, what are all the noise and traffic about? Crews are installing new sewer and water lines. This includes trenching in the streets on Enterprise and State Farm Dr. The upgrades to sewer and water lines are a key component to supporting the downtown. A new brewery, retail stores and a 156-room hotel couldn’t exist without these upgrades.

In the days (Mon. through Fri. from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. with occasional Sat.) leading up to completion, you can expect occasional jack hammering, backup beepers and heavy equipment noises for the duration of the project. Some work will be done at night to reduce traffic impacts.

You should expect occasional delays to traffic during work hours at the intersection of Commerce Blvd. and Enterprise Dr. That work is expected to continue through Sept. There will be clearly marked roadway detours. Drivers should take extra caution, paying attention to signs and flaggers. Also, there may be times when roads are reduced to one lane. Alternate routes will be designated as needed. Driveways may be blocked for 20 minutes or so while work is completed in front of them. Notice will be given and at times the contractor may be able to place a plate over holes to allow access to the driveways.

To stay up-to-date on what’s new on the construction scene in Rohnert Park, send your email address to: rpconstruction@datainstincts.com. Once you send in your email address, you can expect weekly notices regarding upcoming construction. 

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