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Traffic Watch: New Lanes on U.S. Route 101 -- Wilfred Interchange Project

December 31, 1969

You may have noticed something new on U.S. Route 101 -- more carpool lanes! Recently, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as well as the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) celebrated the addition of these new lanes to this roadway. It was all a part of the Wilfred interchange project that took place in Rohnert Park as well as the Central project in Cotati and Petaluma.
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"With more than 20 miles of continuous carpool lanes...commuters who use car pools and buses will benefit from reduced travel times," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers know carpool lanes were created to reduce the congestion along these busy roadways and to also help to increase safety and improve the quality of the air in the area. Unfortunately, these lanes don't always function as intended. Too many are traveling in the carpool lanes illegally. Some of these might be drivers who don't travel these roadways often, while others might be visitors to the area who aren't familiar with the workings of California traffic. Too many are simply lawbreakers.

Regardless, drivers as asked to be extremely cautious when traveling on any of our state's highways through the remainder of summer. Speed continues to be a leading factor in car accidents not only in California, but nationwide. Make sure you're cautious on these fast-moving roadways and keep all of your attention on your surroundings to help to reduce your risks of an accident.

The project, to get these carpool lanes completed cost the state nearly $55 million. One lane heads northbound and one lane heads southbound. These new lanes connect to the carpool lanes that were already there. In addition to these new lanes, the project also works to improve the roadway's off- and on-ramps as well as add a new undercrossing at Golf Course Drive, which will be used to connect the eastern and the western parts of Rohnert Park. About half of this project was funded by Proposition 1B bond funds.

There's also the Central project, which is using more than $80 million to add commuter lanes to Route 1 as well. These lanes will travel from Old Redwood Highway in Petaluma to Rohnert Park Expressway. Close to $35 million of these funds were offered through the Proposition 1B funds.

Caltrans District 4 Chief Deputy Director Dan McElhinney says that these moves will work to improve mobility on the Route and will help to make everyone safer. He goes on to thank the participating cities and motorists for their assistance through this transition.

The projects took decades to plan and about three years to complete construction, but it's finally done. With road work completed, a major bottleneck of the Route is gone.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925 today.

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