By Bay City News
State and local officials Monday celebrated the completion of the U.S. Highway 101/East Washington Street interchange improvement project in Petaluma.
The $23 million project includes a new on-ramp from westbound East Washington Street to northbound U.S. Highway 101, a realigned and widened off-ramp from northbound 101, and other improvements, Caltrans spokesman Allyn Amsk said.
Motorists driving west on East Washington Street will no longer have to turn left to get onto northbound Highway 101 via a loop on-ramp. They will instead simply merge right onto the new northbound on-ramp, Amsk said.
No changes were made to the existing on-ramp to northbound U.S. Highway 101 from eastbound East Washington Street.
Construction of the interchange improvement project started in November 2011. The city of Petaluma contributed $4 million to the project, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority contributed $2.85 million, and state and federal funding totaled about $16 million, Amsk said.
The Petaluma City Council, Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, Assemblyman Marc Levine and Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi were scheduled to attend a completion ceremony at Petaluma City Hall Monday afternoon.
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