Caltrans News Release
District 4
Harry Yahata, District Director

May 17, 2001
Contact:
Seana Gause (510) 286-6336
Colin Jones (510) 286-5776

HIGHWAY 101 PROJECT DISPLAY
TO BE UNVEILED IN SANTA ROSA THIS WEEKEND

An informational display describing plans for the proposed Highway 101 widening between Route 12 and Steele Lane in Santa Rosa will be unveiled this weekend at the Prince Memorial Greenway dedication, Caltrans officials have announced.

The dedication will be held in Olive Park at 4 pm on Saturday, May 19 following the Rose Parade, where the Hwy. 101 mobile display will first be shown. It was created by environmental planning and audio-visual staff at Caltrans as a unique, creative way of educating and informing Sonoma County citizens about plans to widen the highway.

The project is currently undergoing environmental review with approval expected in 2002 and construction scheduled to begin in 2004. It is the second phase of an overall $70 million project to widen seven miles of Hwy. 101 from Rohnert Park to Santa Rosa. The first phase of the project between Wilfred Ave. and Hwy. 12 is now under construction.

Following Saturday’s event, the display will move to the Santa Rosa City Council Chambers from May 21 until May 30, then go to the Santa Rosa Plaza from May 30 through June 11 as well as other locations in the city during the summer.

The display also has a section in Spanish and a Caltrans employee available to respond to questions and comments via phone or e-mail.

This section of Highway 101 was originally built in 1957 and carries an average of 115,000 vehicles per day.