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Sharing the Road with 50,000 Gravel Trucks

If this gravel mining project is allowed, according to quarry owner John Barella, there will be approximately 50,000 truck trips per year added to our rural roads!  The final truck travel route is supposed to avoid some residential areas on the portions of Roblar Rd. east of the quarry site and on Pepper Rd. east of Mecham.  Trucks are supposed to travel westward on Roblar Road  to Valley Ford Road, turn left and travel along Pepper to Mecham to Stony Point and then connect with Highway 101 off Highway 116, or at the Pepper and Highway 101 intersection.  The quarry operator will be responsible to monitor and ensure that all contract truck drivers travel only on the westward portion of Roblar Road to/from Valley Ford Road to avoid the majority of residences and Dunham School on Roblar Road.

Drivers and Bicyclists Beware

Portions of Roblar Rd. are already too narrow to meet County code.  There are no shoulders or bike paths along the entire length of Roblar Rd. which  is a favorite route for bicyclists of all skill levels.  Bicyclists are seen on Roblar Rd. every day of the week and there are large numbers of riders on this road several weekends during the year when major cycling events are held.  The lack of bike lanes is already a problem for drivers and bicyclists sharing the road.

The danger to bicyclists and drivers using Stony Point Rd., Valley Ford, Pepper and Mecham Roads will also increase dramatically when hundreds of gravel trucks are added to these roads every day, including Saturdays when the number of bicyclists are highest. 

Traffic Near Dunham and Two Rock Elementary Schools

Dunham School is located on Roblar Road between Stony Point and Petersen Roads.  School children are already subjected daily to gravel truck traffic coming from nearby Stony Point quarry.  Gravel trucks from the Roblar Road quarry are not supposed to travel eastward on Roblar when entering or leaving the quarry site.  The quarry operator will be responsible to monitor and ensure that all contract truck drivers travel only on the westward portion of Roblar Road to/from Valley Ford Road to avoid the majority of residences and Dunham School on Roblar Road.  CARRQ and residents along the eastern portion of Roblar remain concerned that the drivers will not abide by the requirement to avoid driving east on Roblar Road because this would be the fastest route for drivers to use to get to Stony Point and Highway 101. Time is money!

The traffic route approved in the Final Environmental Impact Report requires trucks to travel westward on Roblar Road to Valley Ford Road, heading toward Pepper and Mecham Roads to get to Stony Point.  Using this route gravel trucks will drive near Two Rock Elementary school every day during school hours.  The Two Rock Elementary School Board has protested the approval of the Roblar Road quarry.

Congestion at Freeway On/Off Ramps

Gravel truck drivers will want to get to and from Highway 101 as fast as they can to pick up gravel or drop off asphalt to be recycled at the Roblar Road quarry.  The nearest on-ramps are at Pepper Road and the Highway 101 on-ramps off Highway 116 in Cotati.  There will be  hundreds of trucks accessing these on-ramps Monday through Saturday, plus off-ramps on Railroad and West Sierra Avenues in Cotati.  The City of Cotati is so concerned about the increased truck traffic especially in the crowded intersection of Highway 116 and Old Redwood that they were the first city to publicly oppose the quarry's development, citing traffic and health and safety concerns.