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What is the Fulton Road Improvements Project?

  • Fulton Road is a crucial north/south corridor in northwest Santa Rosa, providing access to residences, Piner High School, Youth Community Park, a shopping center, a church, and public amenities.
  • The project will widen and reconstruct the one-mile segment of Fulton Road between Guerneville Road and Piner Road, with four vehicle travel lanes and a median.
  • In general, it will improve the City’s transportation network and promote multi-modal transportation with the installation of bike lanes and sidewalk widening.
  • As envisioned in the Santa Rosa 2035 General Plan, this project will improve circulation, safety, and operation along Fulton Road.

What improvements are being made to this section of Fulton Road?

  • Widening and reconstructing Fulton Road into two vehicle travel lanes in each direction
  • Utilizing Roller Compacted Concrete for the length of the project, a process offering improved service life and minimal maintenance.
  • Undergrounding of overhead utility poles and utility lines by PG&E (completed)
  • Reconstructing 42 ADA curb ramps at intersections (full access for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, etc.)
  • Installing Class II bike lane in each direction, and building/widening sidewalks to six-feet along both sides of the one-mile corridor.
  • Installing/replacing ~4,000 linear feet of storm drain and ~5,300 linear feet of fiber optic cable for traffic signal coordination.
  • Installing 29 streetlights and a High-intensity Activated crossWalk (HAWK) fronting Piner High School.
  • Installing ~2,700 square feet of low-impact development planters and swales for storm water treatment, and four separate retaining wall structures.
  • Planting 142 trees.

What are the benefits of this project?

  • Improve the safe and efficient flow of traffic with two lanes in each direction
  • Provide a center median and left turn or two-way center turn lanes
  • Improve comfort levels for bicyclists and pedestrians with the installation of Class II bicycle lanes and expanded sidewalks on both sides of the street
  • Offer improved circulation, safety, and overall connectivity
  • Provide ADA accessible sidewalks
  • Provide improved drainage facilities and permeable landscaping, planters, and swales for improved stormwater filtering and drainage
  • Enhance the corridor’s aesthetics with drought-tolerant median and roadside plantings.

When will construction take place?

  • The project is expected to get underway in late June/early July and continue for approximately 18 – 24 months, depending on weather, unanticipated circumstances, and seasonal access restrictions to creek areas.

What are the construction work hours?

  • Work will typically take place 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday.
  • On occasion, if deemed necessary and as approved by the City, periodic night work would take place from 8:30 pm to 5:00 am.
  • Prior notice will be given for night work, and if periodic weekend work is needed.

How will the nearby houses and businesses be affected by the construction?

  • As with all large construction projects, there will be unavoidable disruptions to nearby neighbors and to motorists traveling in the area – we apologize for noise, dust, lane closures, traffic delays, and any other impacts or inconveniences.
  • This construction includes significant roadway excavation, widening, paving, landscaping, traffic signal installation, culvert installation, utility upsizing, and utility relocations.
  • Once construction ends, the many benefits of this project will be enjoyed by the residents and businesses in the corridor, as well as by all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who use this part of Fulton Road.
  • The project includes the removal of trees and fences along this segment of Fulton Road to allow for the widening (per prior agreements with adjacent property owners). Trees will be replaced.
  • There will be periodic on-street parking restrictions in various areas.
  • Access to driveways in the project area will be maintained; however, there will be times when excavation or paving work will temporarily limit access, potentially up to several hours.

How will the City help reduce the construction impact to nearby neighborhoods and businesses?

  • Be sure to sign up for our construction email updates for awareness of upcoming work and any changes in schedules.
  • Traffic control plans will be implemented for the various phases of work to help minimize traffic disruptions during this work, taking into account the need for emergency access in the event of wildfire or other potential emergency. This includes electronic message boards to inform motorists of construction and traffic control changes.
  • Be sure to visit the City of Santa Rosa’s Know Your Ways Out web page for neighborhood emergency travel routes, and the Ready Santa Rosa web page for other emergency preparedness information.
  • Driveway access to residences and businesses will be maintained. However, there will be times when certain roadwork and paving will temporarily limit access, sometimes for several hours. Neighbors will be notified of specific access limitations.
  • Trash/recycling collection, mail/package delivery, bus service, and public safety vehicles will be accommodated.

How will pedestrians be accommodated on Fulton Road during construction?

  • During construction, the contractor will implement a Pedestrian Traffic Control Plan, which includes detour signs and temporary walking paths to provide access throughout the duration of the project. That access will often be on the opposite side of the street from where demolition/construction is actively taking place.

What is the cost of the project?

  • Approximately $15.6 million.

 What are the funding sources for the project?

  • Sonoma County Transit Authority Measure M
  • Senate Bill 1 Road Repair and Accountability Act
  • Capital Facilities Fees
  • Utility Impact Fees