Construction Update August 18, 2023

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In this issue:

  • Location and Impacts of Paving Operations
  • Upcoming Lane Changes
  • Traffic Signal Changed to Flashing Red
  • HAWK Signalized Crosswalk
  • Construction Underway and Upcoming
  • Reminders:
    • Piner High School is back in session
    • Temporary bus stop locations
  • Project Overview and Schedule

Location and Impacts of Paving Operations

Starting Monday, August 21, crews will begin grinding out the existing road surface on Fulton Road in front of the Raley’s shopping center in preparation for installing new pavement. Removal of the existing road surface and installation of the new pavement is expected to last for approximately 1-2 weeks. While this work is underway, motorists will be unable to access the Raley’s shopping center from entrances located along Fulton Road. Motorists will need to use entrances along Guerneville Road to access the shopping center.

Upon completion of the RCC paving later in the year, crews will perform a final assessment of the new pavement to detect any uneven portions of the road surface. Any ridges, indentations, or other defects requiring attention will be addressed with a diamond-griding method used to smooth out the pavement surface.

Lane Shifts Upcoming

In preparation for the aforementioned paving work scheduled to begin August 21, north and southbound traffic will be shifted from the southbound lane of Fulton Road into the northbound lane. The lane shifts will occur at the Guerneville Road and Wishing Well Lane intersections.  Drivers passing through this area are kindly requested to exercise caution and remain attentive to the signage that guides traffic through the lane shifts.

Traffic Signal Changed to Flashing Red

On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (August 22 and 23), the traffic signal at the intersection of Fulton Road and Guerneville Road will be changed to flashing red while electrical work is performed. While this is underway, motorists are reminded that the flashing red traffic signal should be treated as a stop sign.

HAWK Signalized Crosswalk

As part of the Fulton Road Widening Project, the city has installed a HAWK Signalized Crosswalk between Piner High School and Youth Community Park on Fulton Road. The purpose of a HAWK beacon is to provide protected pedestrian crossings by stopping vehicle traffic only when activated by a pedestrian. The crosswalk signal remains dark until activated by a pedestrian, triggering the warning alternating flashing yellow lights, then solid yellow to inform drivers to prepare to stop. Once the solid red-light changes to alternating flashing red lights, a vehicle may proceed after stopping once the crosswalk is clear. This is the third HAWK beacon crossing installed within the city limits. For more information on HAWK signalized crosswalks, please visit the city website at

Construction Underway and Upcoming

When traveling in and near the construction areas, be cautious and aware of work crews, flaggers, traffic control, rough roadways, special signage, and heavy equipment. Please be prepared for temporary traffic control measures throughout the work area. Upcoming construction work will include continuation of:

  • Installation of new streetlight posts, traffic signals, and other electrical work.
  • Asphalt grinding in preparation for repaving.
  • Begin work on the road median
  • Installation of new irrigation systems
  • Construction of new driveways at several locations.
  • Preparation of the subgrade, and forming and pouring new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks at various locations.
  • Installation of “low-impact development” environmental features such as bioswales (linear, vegetated ditches accommodating the collection, conveyance, filtration, and infiltration of stormwater) in various locations.

All schedules are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances. Be sure to visit for up-to-date information.

The new HAWK signalized crosswalk in front of Piner High School
The new HAWK signalized crosswalk in front of Piner High School



Excavating a center median
Excavating a center median


  • Piner High School’s classes commence on August 16. For drivers traveling through the construction zone, we kindly urge you to maintain a reduced speed and stay vigilant for students who may be traveling to or from the school.
  • The Fulton Road northbound bus stop near Quail Hollow Drive has been temporarily relocated to the eastbound lane of Piner Road, near the Fulton Road and Piner Road intersection. The Fulton Road northbound bus stop near Guerneville Road has been temporarily relocated just south of the Guerneville Road intersection. For general bus service information, please visit Santa Rosa CityBus.

Project Overview and Schedule

This project will widen, reconstruct, and rehabilitate one mile of Fulton Road between Guerneville Road and Piner Road, transforming it into an updated, four-lane regional/arterial street, as well as provide many other improvements. The project is expected to last for approximately 18 – 24 months (all schedules are subject to change depending on weather, unanticipated circumstances, and seasonal access restrictions to creek areas).

Work hours: 7 am to 7 pm Monday thru Friday. With City approval, periodic work on nights (8:30 pm to 5:00 am) or weekends may take place.

Additional project overview and overall schedule information is online at