Petaluma gets a break from E. Washington construction

Merchants on Petaluma's East Washington Street are getting an advance Christmas present with the early shut-down of construction along the busy corridor that has kept many drivers — and shoppers — away from the area.

The Christmas shopping season is often a make-or-break time for business owners who rely on end-of-year purchasing to turn a profit for the year.

Several construction projects have backed up the major east-west corridor for more than a year, including the completed Highway 101 interchange and work in front of the East Washington Place shopping center.

At the same time as those two projects were occurring, the city began a two-year water main replacement project on East Washington closer to downtown.

The result was crammed streets, long delays and confused drivers as signs warned of lane closures or delays.

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