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U.S. 101 - North B project Airport Blvd Interchange and Windsor Sound Walls


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On Monday night, October 21, Caltrans will open a new southbound U.S. 101 off-ramp to Airport Boulevard. In order to speed up construction of the new Airport Boulevard bridge, the southbound off-ramp at Airport Boulevard will only allow a right turn in the westbound direction toward the Sonoma County Airport. This temporary configuration will remain in effect until a new bridge is constructed in late spring or early summer of 2014. Detour: Motorists traveling to locations east of the Airport Boulevard and U.S. 101 Interchange can use the southbound U.S. 101 River Road off-ramp, turn right on westbound River Road, proceed to Fulton Road and turn right, and continue to Airport Boulevard. Alternate Detour: Motorists also can exit at Shiloh Road, turn left on Shiloh Road, turn right on Old Redwood Highway, and continue to Airport Boulevard.

This project is part of the Proposition 1B Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA) Program. This project will convert the two existing partial interchanges on U.S. 101 at Fulton Road and at Airport Boulevard into a single complete interchange at Airport Boulevard, eliminating the on- and off- ramps at Fulton Road. The project will also replace the existing two-lane Airport Boulevard Overcrossing at U.S. 101 with a new five-lane overcrossing bridge structure (four through lanes and one turning lane), sidewalk, and Class II bike lanes, in addition to constructing sound walls in Windsor.

The U.S. 101 corridor connects San Francisco and the East Bay with Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. The corridor is increasingly congested and improving the operational efficiency at this interchange is vital to the continued growth of Sonoma County and the region beyond.

Benefits

The projectís improvements will reduce travel delay, decrease congestion, improve operational clarity and efficiency, and improve traffic flow on local streets at the Airport Boulevard Interchange and on U.S. 101.

Partnership

The project is developed through a partnership among the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Sonoma County, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Project Status

The environmental phase was completed in October 2010, and the design phase was completed in April 2012. Construction bids were opened on October 17, 2012 with the project awarded on December 3, 2012 to Ghilotti Construction. The project is currently in construction.

Project Costs and Funding

Projectís construction capital cost is $28.7 million.

Project Schedule

Start Construction: Spring 2013
Finish Construction: End of 2014