“Investments in ongoing road maintenance and capital improvements reduces maintenance liabilities, maximizes use of taxpayer dollars, improves public safety and improves access to services,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “In alignment with Sonoma County’s five-year Strategic Plan for resilient infrastructure, this program funds large-scale paving and sealing projects, drainage improvements, vegetation removal, as well as upgrades to street signs and striping, with a focus on heavily traveled roads that are vital to local economic development, agriculture, recreation, and tourism.”
The 2022 and 2023 approved projects were developed using the Road Evaluation Framework, which combines real-world observations with modeling software to help determine the most critical infrastructure needs and most efficient use of funds across an equitable distribution of repair work throughout the County. Candidate roads are identified based on roadway attributes including average daily traffic, pavement condition, relevance to bike and bus modes of travel and location relevant to access public safety facilities.
In December 2020, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted the Infrastructure Resiliency Investment Plan and allocated $59.1 million in PG&E settlement funds to finance plan project costs. The Infrastructure Resiliency Investment Plan is based on three tiers of projects to include fire-damaged roads, fire suppression and safety improvements, and disaster preparedness and mitigation opportunity investments. The Sonoma Complex Fires of October 2017, including the Tubbs, Nuns and Pocket Fires, collectively burned 110,000 acres, destroyed 5,300 homes and took the lives of 24 Sonoma County residents, while damaging or destroying public infrastructure including roads, signs, retaining walls, guardrails, trees, and culverts.
Authorized Tier 2 repair projects using $20 million in PG&E settlement funds meet one or more of the following criteria:
County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works officials will provide an update to the Board of Supervisors on July 13 regarding the status of the reimbursement claim appeal submitted to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Tier 1 disaster-related road repairs. Department officials intend to request Board authority to include these projects in the 2022 and 2023 Pavement Preservation Program.