Monday, April 09, 2007

Willits Bypass Reborn?

Looks like all may not be lost in regards the Willits freeway bypass proposal that ended up being tossed aside when the rest of the state was given the construction money. Some are thinking it may be possible to fund a scaled down version- a two lane bypass rather than the planned four lane.

This is good news, if it works out. I'll probably always stop in Willits, if only to buy gas, but it will be nice to have the through traffic out of the way when I do so.

Then again, even if approved, construction wouldn't start until 2012, or later. Who knows? I might not be around to see the project even started.


At 10:40 AM, Blogger Hayduke said...

I was in Santa Rosa on Saturday, and it took me 30 minutes to get out of town at noon with traffic for 10 miles moving at 5 miles per hour. I sailed through Willits in 5 minutes a little later. As much as I was annoyed at the diversion of the money its seems clear where the problem lies and where the money needs to be apent.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I've found later in the summer, during the tourist season, it would sometimes take a half hour to forty five minutes to get through Willits, or so it seemed.

It's all because of the bottleneck at the north end of town where two lanes turn to one.

As an aside, when I came back from S.F. last Tuesday, I don't think I went slower than 55mph going through Santa Rosa. It was a breeze. That was before noon, though. It depends a lot on the time.

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Hayduke said...

I know. It appears "timing" is everything. So I wonder where all those people in Santa Rosa were going at noon on a Saturday. Home Depot?

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Actually wonder about that around here. Why the heck is there so much traffic on weekends? Doesn't anybody hang out around the house anymore?

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Fred, what kind of car is it your driving to the bay? Is it your work truck?

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Fred said...

2:34 wrote, before his comment was deleted:

"Fred, Unlike you, other people have the ability and finances to get out to those events you're unwilling to attend. More importantly, they hope by getting out they will learn new things and have new experiences, things that you choose to avoid".

Comment deleted since it was off topic.

Nonetheless, I'm cut to the quick by the comment. Apparently 2:34 is a much better person than I am because he attended the North Country Fair three consecutive years in a row.

2:34: If only we could meet so you could impart the wisdom you acquired from NCF and Reggae On The River to me. What a blog this would be then.

8:12 asked: "what kind of car is it your driving to the bay? Is it your work truck?".

First; It should be written "you'RE driving...".

Second; None of your business.

(Boy, looks like some of the riff- raff from Buhne Tribune are heading back here.)

At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riff-raff king Anon.R.mucous to make an appearance relatively soon. But first he'll have to put down his beer bong.

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee Fred, thanks for the correction... The reason I asked about your vehicle is because a fuel efficient car would save you some real money in the long run, if you'RE using your work truck to do your bay runs., that's all, sorry to offend.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Sorry to misconstrue your comment.

Yes, I take my work truck. It gets about 16 miles per gallon on the freeway. Not good, but I guess it could be worse.

The wife has a Geo Metro that gets great mileage, but I don't trust it to make it to the Bay Area and back.

Aside from that, it's real low to the ground and makes me nervous. I like to be able to be up a little where I can see what's taking place all around me. In the Metro, visibility is real limited.

It would be nice to at least have the Metro stashed in San Francisco just so we could use it there. It's so much smaller it would be a lot easier to find suitable parking spaces down there, especially in the UCSF parking garage.

I was thinking how great it would be if I could load the Metro onto the back of the truck and take it with us to use when we're down in The City.

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Michael Ejercito said...

Two lanes should be sufficient.

It is not as if that section of highway is as heavily traveled as other highways in California.


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