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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Pacific Avenue Reconstruction Begins August 16

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The City of Santa Rosa will complete a full pavement reconstruction on Pacific Avenue between Humboldt Street and Montecito Avenue, a 0.7-mile segment of roadway. The paving operation is anticipated to begin August 16 and will require approximately eight-weeks to complete.  

Underground utility work in the project area began several months ago replacing water and sewer pipelines, and storm drains in preparation of the paving operations. A project area map is available at

During the paving process, work will occur between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pacific Avenue will remain open to thru traffic during construction however, traffic delays are expected, so motorists are advised to take alternate routes when possible. Street parking will be affected within the project area and “No Parking” signs will be placed on the street 72 hours prior to the start of work and will remain until the work is complete. Though temporary impacts to the neighborhood are inevitable, the goal is to improve community infrastructure without creating any more disturbance than necessary. 

In addition to the paving operations, the project will also include roadway improvements such as the installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) pedestrian activated crosswalk warning devices at several intersections. These pedestrian improvements were captured in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update (2018). The project will also include installation of traffic signal video detection systems at the intersections to improve traffic signal responses for vehicles and bicycles, and installation of fiber optic cable to improve traffic signal coordination. ADA accessible curb ramps will also be reconstructed along Pacific Avenue.

In advance of the project, City staff coordinated work with utility agencies to address any foreseeable subgrade activity to help preserve the integrity of the newly paved street from excavation and trenching. Pavement deteriorates over time from environmental conditions and traffic loading, but the lifetime of a street can be significantly impacted by excavations into the street such as trenching.

Funding for the approximately $6.7 million Pacific Avenue Pavement Reconstruction project is provided in part by Senate Bill 1 (SB1) the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The project paving contract was awarded to Argonaut Constructors, Inc. of Santa Rosa.

Updated project information is found at

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