East Washington Street traffic delays may last years

Even on good traffic days, East Washington Street near Highway 101 in Petaluma is heavily congested. Sometimes making it through the intersection at McDowell Boulevard takes more than one signal cycle.

But now, in an unusual confluence of projects, drivers along one of Petaluma's busiest stretches of road have three construction projects to maneuver through to get across town.

And some are not happy about it.

"It just took me 45 minutes to get from one side of town to the other," grumbled one aggravated driver who didn't give his name.

The largest project is the Caltrans reconstruction of the East Washington interchange with Highway 101, including north- and southbound on- and offramps.

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