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Posted on: October 7, 2021

Restoring City Amenities & Repairing Public Infrastructure

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Over $70 million in damages were caused to Santa Rosa’s critical water and transportation infrastructure, facilities, parks and open spaces during the October 2017 wildfires. The City continues to make repairs as well as seek federal disaster recovery funds and other funding sources to ensure recovery is possible for all projects. City Council recently committed $20 million of its remaining allocation of 2017 PG&E Wildfire Settlement funds to go toward fixing roads damaged both during the fires and subsequent fire debris removal mission, and to restoring landscape areas in parks and along roadways within the burn scar areas.  

Recovery Projects Completed in the Past 12 Months

Infrastructure Projects Scheduled for Recovery

  • Six Fire-Damaged Parks Recovery
    This project will repair the six fire damaged city parks and open spaces at Fir Ridge Park, Nagasawa Park, Rincon Ridge Park, Francis Nielsen Park, Rincon Ridge Open Space, and Parker Hill Open Space.
    Construction anticipated to begin Spring 2022.
  • Fire-Damaged Roadway Landscaping
    This project will restore pavement and park/roadway landscape in the burn scar areas of Coffey Park and Fountaingrove neighborhoods.
    Construction anticipated to begin Spring 2022.
  • Permanent Fire Station No. 5 Rebuild
    This project will relocate and rebuild the permanent Fire Station No. 5 that was destroyed during the October 2017 Wildfires.
    Construction anticipated to begin late 2022/early 2023.

Hardening Infrastructure to Mitigate Future Disasters

  • Traffic Signal Battery Backup Systems Retrofit 
    The City retrofit 170 signalized intersections with Traffic Signal Battery Backup Systems to provide over four hours of uninterrupted power to traffic signals during a power outage to help better facilitate an evacuation process and movement of traffic during an emergency.
    Funded through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
    Installation completed July 2021.
  • Public Safety Building Generator Project
    This project will replace an existing back up generator at the Public Safety Building (Police Department and Fire Station No. 1). The new generator will be capable of powering more systems in the facility to support Police and Fire Department emergency services during an extended power outage.
    Funded in part through CalOES Community Power Resiliency Grant.
    Construction anticipated to begin February 2022


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