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Santa Rosa Avenue lane-reduction plan revised to 3 lanes

The much maligned plan to reduce Santa Rosa Avenue from four lanes to two between Sonoma Avenue and Highway 12 has been revised to three lanes.

The new plan, which comes to the Santa Rosa Planning Commission on Wednesday, now calls for two northbound lanes and one southbound lane.

The redesign also includes crosswalks, pedestrian islands, wider sidewalks, bike lanes and trees to make the street pedestrian-friendly.

Residents of the Burbank Gardens neighborhood pushed for improvement to the street, which they say is unsafe. But the reduction to two lanes was criticized by the fire department as potentially reducing response times.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the City Council chambers.


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