Road work ahead

Drivers in and around Petaluma can expect road closures, detours and delays over the next several weeks as a number of city and regional projects on key roads get underway in Petaluma.

In addition to ongoing work on the East Washington Street interchange, a water main on East Washington Street and the Target shopping center construction, work is now underway to repave a mile-long section of Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Two more projects are about to get going as well: The Petaluma Boulevard South Road Diet and SMART train railroad crossing upgrades.

"Plan to take extra time getting across town," advised Senior Civil Engineer Erica Ahmann Smithies, adding, "we'll try to get the work done as quickly as possible."

Here are the main projects to be aware of.

Sonoma Mountain Parkway

Repaving and other improvements on a mile-long stretch of Sonoma Mountain Parkway between Wyndham Way and Campus Circle South have already begun and will continue through the end of September. The roughly million dollar project is funded by a federal grant.

This week, the work shouldn't include too many traffic disruptions, according to Ahmann Smithies.

For the following week, starting on Sept. 10, paving work will require lane closures and traffic control.

Then, starting on Sept. 24, road striping work could lead to more traffic control.

Petaluma Boulevard 'Road Diet'

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