Stimulus, other funding set for North Bay transit projects

NORTH BAY – Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties plan to repair and repave roads and streets with funds allocated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but several larger projects are funded and proceeding on schedule.

In Napa and Solano, the Jameson Canyon Road widening has reached the design phase. The $136 million project will add two lanes and an eight-foot shoulder with a bike lane between Kelly Road in Napa and Red Top Road in Solano. Another congestion-relieving improvement – the Soscol Flyover at the intersection of Highways 29 and 22 – will go out to bid this summer, according to Diana Vargas, deputy director of the Napa County Transportation Authority.

In the planning stage are two round-abouts intended to promote safety, one at the Highway 29 and Rutherford crossroads, the other at Silverado Trail and Highway 29.

“Studies show that lights and stop signs are less safe than a relatively uncontrolled intersection where drivers must exercise caution,” said Ms. Vargas.

The county is looking for funding for a study of the corridor between the Vallejo ferry terminal and the Napa transit center.

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