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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Goal is to reduce traffic delays
September 10, 2021

The intersection at Southwest and Commerce Blvd. is getting a makeover as crews begin work next month to install a new roundabout. Our roadways provide access to shopping centers, businesses, schools, recreational facilities, and our homes. Connections among different types of roadways play an important role in efficient travel within and beyond the city. 

The city’s goal with the roundabout is to reduce traffic delays, improve public safety and beautify “the gateway to Rohnert Park.” 

The Southwest and Commerce Roundabout project addresses roadway safety by replacing the existing three-way stop sign/yield intersection with a roundabout and associated streetscape, signage, and lighting improvements. Roundabouts are much safer because motorists reduce vehicle speeds and traffic moves in a circular direction, eliminating certain dangerous collision patterns.

When the roundabout project is complete, drivers won’t have to wait for a green light or stop sign to get through the intersection. Traffic is not required to stop--only yield--so the intersection can handle more traffic in the same amount of time. Drivers travel counterclockwise around a center island. As you approach a roundabout, you will see signage with an advisory speed limit for the roundabout.

The project includes pavement, concrete, and landscaping improvements to the intersection. Those traveling north into Rohnert Park from Cotati will be pleasantly greeted by an updated aesthetic. The current outdated entry point is lackluster and doesn’t convey a “welcome to The Friendly City” that we’d hope our residents and visitors could enjoy.

The construction project is primarily funded by funds collected from development projects to mitigate the impacts of new construction on traffic.  It can only be used to signalize intersections or install roundabouts. The project also includes funds from Senate Bill 1, which raised revenue for California’s state and local transportation systems to fix roads, freeways, and bridges in communities across California.

During the construction phase, traffic will be impacted. We encourage you to stay informed by sending an email to rpconstruction@DataInstincts.com, and request to be added to the e-mail distribution list. In addition, you can call 707-588-2232 or email engineering@rpcity.org to address your questions or concerns. 

As always, please report traffic signal outages to 707-588-3300 or by GoRequest user.govoutreach.com/rohnertpark. When reporting problems with traffic signals, report the following information: 

• Intersection and cross street

• Color of malfunctioning signal light

• Direction of travel

• Type of pole: overhead arm or corner pole

Another exciting project that is moving forward are the Willowglen Apartments. With an anticipated move-in date of December 2021, Willowglen Apartments is Burbank Housing’s newest affordable home community in Rohnert Park! They will be offering spacious 1, 2 and 3-bedroom floorplans that are new, expertly designed, and truly affordable.

Pre-application packets for the 36-unit affordable complex need to be completed and submitted by Friday, September 17 in order to qualify for the lottery. If you are interested, contact 707-304-5130 or willowglen@burbankhousing.org with your full name and address. Households must income qualify.