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Group seeking better roads to meet with county's transportation boss

A citizen group pushing for increased funding for road maintenance in Sonoma County has scheduled a March 7 "summit" to draw attention to the issue.

The Penngrove-based group Save Our Sonoma Roads said its evening event will feature a presentation by Phil Demery, the county's transportation and public works director. His talk will focus on the current state and future of the county's 1,382-mile road network, organizers said in a statement.

The 5 p.m. event will be at Sally Tomatoes restaurant in Rohnert Park. Attendees will be given time to ask questions.

Upkeep of the county roads has been a hot-button political issue in the past two years, as officials have taken steps to designate just 16 percent of the network for long-term maintenance.

The moves came in the face of declining state, federal and county funding for roads. Supervisors are set to return to the issue Feb. 7.

To register for Demery's presentation, send an email to admin@sosroads.org.


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