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UPDATE: Big Week for Road Closures, Switch to 1-Way

Foss Creek Circle goes 1-way; road closures all over downtown.

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 2 marks the planned switch of Foss Creek Circle to a one-way street, Healdsburg's first.

Starting tomorrow, traffic on Foss Creek Circle will entering the looped street from the southernmost intersection with Grove Street, and exiting at the northern intersection with Grove.

Also this week, city public works crews will be finishing off trench paving in the downtown area. Here is a list of road closures to allow for the final road improvements:

Monday, Oct. 1:

  • From 7:30 to 11 am - Intersection of North Street and Fitch Street will be closed.

Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 1 & 2:

  • From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.- North Street (Center Street to Fitch Street) will be closed

Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 2 & 3rd:

  • From 7:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. - East Street (North Street to Piper Street) will be 1 lane traffic with intermittent road closures.

Wednesday, Oct. 3:

  • From 7 to 10 a.m. - Intersection of Plaza Street and Center Street will be closed.
  • From approx. 10 a.m. to 2p.m.- Intersection of Healdsburg Avenue and North Street will be closed. 

City officials approved the switch to one-way on Foss Creek Circle last month after concerns about traffic safety and increased congestion following the relocation in fall 2010 of the Healdsburg Post Office from Center Street downtown to Foss Creek Circle after the Center Street site burned to the ground in a fire in August 2010..

For more information and a map, see the city website.

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Judy Woolman September 28, 2012 at 03:51 PM
That's going to make it hard pulling into the drop boxes at the post office, they are set up to pull in from the other direction.
Keri Brenner (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Hi Judy: My understanding is that they will be moving the drop boxes to the other side of the driveway so that motorists will still be able to pull in and drop off mail from the driver's side window. That was the plan, anyway....
Kent Pricer September 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
So, when you pull into the post office parking lot you will make a left turn & the folks leaving the parking lot will also need to make a left turn. Thus, cars paths will cross each other. With the street running counter clockwise, every one will make a right turn entering and leaving. That seems much safer and the drop boxes won't need to be moved. With the post office driveway being the busiest driveway on that street clearly, counter clockwise just makes the most sense.
Keri Brenner (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Hi Kent: Yes, you're right. The counter-clockwise direction is better, and the city has acknowledged that. However, there is a business that has a loading dock on Foss Creek Circle, and their trucks cannot access the dock from the counter-clockwise direction. So that is the reason it's clockwise....
RD Boyd October 01, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The entire one way issue seems to have been a city council manufactured issue that makes no practical sense what so ever and doesn't solve any problem or provide for any safer streets. Two left turns don't make a right.
timm October 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I live very close to the Foss Creek Circle. It should be Counter-clockwise for the reasons listed by others AND the fact that cars come flying down Grove Street from the stop sign at Grant Street and will cause a very unsafe condiion for cars pulling out of Foss Creek Circle
zoe moire October 02, 2012 at 02:10 AM
No kidding ! No sign of concrete today...... 10-1
zoe moire October 02, 2012 at 02:12 AM
You seem to be on to something . . . . Our city council . . . I guess voter turnout is typically low.
Moral Conflict October 02, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I am going to boycott Foss Creek from now on. It is going to be a total mess.
Gary Goss October 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
We should have as many one-way streets as possible until we finally turn into Sebastopol, which is half our size but can be navigated only by people born within walking distance of Screaming Mimi's. I say, Let's do the most stupid things we can think up. Let's enjoy utter folly!
Tom Kearney October 02, 2012 at 07:08 PM
So now hundreds of citizens daily must drive an unpopular, illogical, and potentially dangerous route to a Post Office in a location we never really wanted anyway. And all to indulge a single business due to the current configuration of its loading dock. Are there plans to rename Foss Creek Circle to "Xxxxxxx Circle" in honor of this entitled business? Corporations are people too, people!
Kate Douglas October 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I was at the post office this morning, and the clockwise set-up is just wrong. Right turns would be safer, and I'm wondering if the business in question could possibly make some sort of adjustment for deliveries. The cost of changing the mail boxes and the potential for accidents vs. the cost of altering a delivery dock? I get the feeling there wasn't much thought given this arrangement. One company or an entire community? Why does this bother me so much...
Robert Herrick October 04, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Dumbest thing the city council has ever done. What's next? A roundabout at the intersection of Healdsburg Ave and Mill St.?

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