Sunday, November 05, 2006

Vacaville Overpasses are Link to Economic Development

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Overpasses are link to economic development
By Jennifer Gentile/Staff Writer
Article Launched:11/04/2006 06:40:39 AM PST
Completion of new overcrossings for Leisure Town and Nut Tree roads, widening the thoroughfares as they pass over Interstate 80 in Vacaville, was celebrated Friday.

The projects represent more than $50 million in infrastructure improvements, and dozens attended the dedication as flags flew and Vacaville and region officials spoke of the overcrossings' importance in the local economy and development.

'It's not often that you say this about an overpass, but they are attractive,' said City Manager David Van Kirk.

More than being aesthetically pleasing, Van Kirk and Public Works Director Dale Pfieffer emphasized their contribution to the city's vitality.

'One of the things past city councils and this City Council have realized is that you can't have economic development without the infrastructure to support it,' Van Kirk said.

The Nut Tree overpass project alone encompasses 1.5 miles of new roadway and made us of 8,670 tons of concrete, 490,000 pounds of reinforcing steel and 50 decorative street lights.

The Leisure Town overcrossings comprises 11,250 tons of concrete, 1.4 million pounds of reinforcing steel and 6,900 feet of new water line.

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