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Sonoma County, tagged with a reputation for the roughest roads in the Bay Area, is winning plaudits from former critics for spending $60 million to resurface scores of rural roads and build facilities intended to enhance public safety while creating thousands of jobs.

Pavement on more than 43 miles of major and minor roads throughout the county will be repaired or replaced in 2022 and 2023 at a cost of nearly $40 million as the county continues pouring discretionary dollars into improvements for the nearly 1,400-mile road network.

A companion program will apply $20 million in PG&E wildfire claims settlement funds to 28 projects that include rebuilding roads, replacing retaining walls on roads needed for emergency evacuation and taking the first step toward a long-awaited permanent bridge over the Russian River at Asti.

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