Road officials seek 4 lanes on Highway 12
By KEVIN COURTNEY
Register Staff Writer
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Caltrans are now both recommending that the state make Highway 12 through
MTC staff had recommended a less costly three-lane option, but on Wednesday morning commissioners representing the nine Bay Area counties said four lanes made for a better project.
“This is really great news,” said Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd, who intends to lobby to get final sign-off from the California Transportation Commission on Feb. 28.
The MTC considers
Both the MTC and Caltrans support a trimmed-down four-lane connection from Interstate 80 to Highway 29. By leaving some curves on the Solano side and installing a median barrier on only half of the six-mile length, the cost can be cut from $190 million to $133 million, said Jim Leddy, executive director of the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency.
State bonds would cover $84 million, with
The Napa County Transportation Planning Agency and MTC staff had proposed a $107 million three-lane option, with two westbound lanes and just one eastbound.
By keeping the cost down, they hoped that the project might win the favor of the California Transportation Commission, which won’t have enough money to fund all the recommended projects statewide.
Caltrans convinced the MTC that a three-lane
It should strengthen
Prior to the MTC meeting at the end of February, Dodd said he would enlist community leaders to write letters to the CTC supporting the project.
Besides being a big bottleneck during morning and evening rush hours,
Leddy, who worked for two state senators before taking his NCTPA job in December, has political connections in
The proposed four-lane design would save money by not realigning as much roadway on the curvy stretch in
If the scaled back design is funded by the CTC,
Projects that receive state bond money must be under construction by 2012. Local sponsors are hoping for a 2010 start.