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The new Plan Bay Area was adopted last week, outlining transportation and land-use projects to be funded through 2040 within Sonoma, Napa and the other seven Bay Area counties. It’s dependent on receiving an anticipated 292 billion in federal, state and local money, but includes the following road projects.

Is your pet project among them?

Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin breaks out the expenditures, saying, “Nearly 88 percent (or $253 billion) of the transportation funds will be used to maintain and operate the highways, transit systems, local streets and roads, and bridges we already have. Another way of looking at the distribution of the revenues — which include fuel taxes, transit fares, bridge tolls, property taxes and dedicated sales taxes — is by mode of transportation.

“Maintenance and operation of the Bay Area’s existing transit systems will receive about 55 percent ($159 billion) of the revenues. The remainder includes 33 percent for street, road, highway and bridge maintenance; 7 percent for transit expansion; and 5 percent for roadway and bridge expansion.”

Here’s a list of road projects that made the list. (Figures are in millions and represent cost, committed funding and discretionary funding.)

SONOMA

Realign Route 116 (Stage Gulch Road) along Champlin Creek to improve safety, adding shoulders to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists $ 12 $ 12 $ -

Widen U.S. 101 for HOV lanes from Pepper Road to Rohnert Park Expressway (Central Phase A) $ 109 $ 109 $ -

Improve channelization and traffic signalization at Route 116/Route 121 intersection (includes Arnold Drive improvements) $ 15 $ 5 $ 10

US 101 North Project – Phase B- Airport Boulevard interchange improvements and Airport Boulevard $ 43 $ 43 $ -

Improve U.S. 101/Old Redwood Highway interchange (includes modifying/replacing existing 2-lane interchange to at least a 5-lane interchange and improving ramps) $ 43 $ 43 $ -

Improve local circulation at various locations in Town of Penngrove (includes improvements to Main Street, Petaluma Hill Road, Adobe Road, Old Redwood Highway and U.S. 101/Railroad Avenue) $ 40 $ 20 $ 20

Widen Fulton Road from 2-lanes to 4-lanes from Guerneville Road and Piner Road $ 4 $ 1 $ 3

Extend Farmers Lane from Bellevue Avenue to Bennett Valley Road as a 3-lane or 4-lane arterial (includes a bicycle lane and sidewalk) $ 58 $ 29 $ 29

Improve Bodega Highway west of Sebastopol (includes straightening curves near Occidental and adding turn pockets) $ 2 $ 1 $ 1

Convert bridges in Sonoma County from 1-lane to 2-lane $ 19 $ 1 $ 18

Widen U.S. 101 for HOV lanes (one in each direction) from Rohnert Park Expressway to Santa Rosa Avenue (includes interchange improvements and ramp metering) $ 69 $ 69 $ -

Improve U.S. 101/East Washington Street interchange (includes new northbound on-ramp and improvements to southbound on-ramp) $ 22 $ 22 $ -

Install traffic signal system on Route 121 and improve channelization at 8th Street $ 3 $ 0 $ 3

Implement Marin Sonoma Narrows Phase 2 (Sonoma County) $ 220 $ 14 $ 206

Implement landscaping along the HOV lanes on U.S. 101 between Steele Lane and Windsor River Road $ 2 $ 2 $ -

Improve channelization and traffic signalization on Mirabel Road and Route 116 $ 5 $ 5 $ -

Construct Suburban Center intersection improvements at Route 12 (Farmers Lane) and 4th Street $ 7 $ – $ 7

Local streets and roads operations and maintenance $ 2,303 $ 2,199 $ 104

Widen Rohnert Park Expressway from 2-lanes to 4-lanes between Snyder Lane and Petaluma Hill Road (includes new bike lanes in both directions, curb and gutter, sidewalk, landscaped median, and traffic signal devices/improvements at Petaluma Hill Road) $ 9 $ 9 $ -

Widen Snyder Lane from 2-lanes to 4-lanes between southside of “G” section and Southwest Boulevard $ 5 $ 4 $ 1

Widen of Golf Course Drive West (formerly Wilfred Avenue) from 2-lanes to 4-lanes between the 1999 City Limits west of Redwood Drive to the Urban Growth Boundary (includes four travel lanes, a bike lane on both sides, sidewalks, landscaping, and traffic signals at Redwood Drive, Labath Avenue, and Dowdell Avenue) $ 5 $ 5 $ -

Construct an interchange with bicycle and pedestrian enhancements at Route 12/Fulton Road $ 70 $ 27 $ 43

Improve interchange at Hearn Avenue/U.S. 101 $ 46 $ 5 $ 42

Construct bicycle and pedestrian crossing at U.S. 101 and Copeland Creek $ 6 $ – $ 6

Implement Sonoma County’s Safe Routes to School program $ 20 $ – $ 20

Enhance bus service frequencies in Sonoma County $ 104 $ – $ 104

Implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements countywide $ 118 $ 14 $ 104

Implement Windsor River Road/Windsor Road/NWPRR Intersection improvements. Re-configure intersection and improve railroad, vehicle, pedestrian interface. $ 9 $ 9

Widen Airport Boulevard from 2-lanes to 5-lanes between Ordiance Road and Aviation Boulevard $ 36 $ 13 $ 23

Implement Marin Sonoma Narrows Phase 1 (Sonoma County) $ 123 $ 123 $ -

Implement Sonoma County’s Climate Initiatives program $ 21 $ – $ 21

Conduct environmental studies and preliminary design for the proposed SMART commuter rail extension from Windsor to Cloverdale (Phase III) $ 15 $ – $ 15

NAPA

Implement Napa County’s Safe Routes to School program $ 6 $ – $ 6

Improve traffic signalization countywide $ 3 $ – $ 3

Construct round-abouts between California Blvd and Freeway Drive on First Street $ 15 $ – $ 15

Construct new southbound Route 221 to southbound Route 29 flyover, including auxiliary lane to Route 12/Route 29 $ 5 $ – $ 5

Construct interchange at intersection of Route 12/Route 29/Airport Road $ 6 $ 2 $ 4

Construct curb cuts and accessiblity improvements in St. Helena $ 2 $ – $ 2

Improve signalization along Main Street from Sulpher Springs to Mills Lane in St. Helena $ 1 $ – $ 1

Extend Devlin Road from Airport Boulevard to Green Island Road $ 12 $ – $ 12

Construct corridor improvements in Yountville $ 1 $ – $ 1

Construct Madison Ave. bypass to Route 29 in Yountville $ 1 $ – $ 1

Improve intersection at Petrified Forest Road/Route 128 $ 3 $ – $ 3

Local streets and roads operations and maintenance $ 1,252 $ 1,142 $ 110

Construct corridor improvements along Route 29 $ 26 $ – $ 26

Reconfigure northbound Route 29 off-ramp at Lincoln Avenue $ 3 $ – $ 3

Construct a bicycle and pedestrian undercrossing along Napa Creek $ 1 $ – $ 1

Construct intersection improvements at Silverado Trail/Third Street/Coombsville Road/East Avenue $ 5 $ – $ 5

Rehabilitate Green Island Road $ 5 $ – $ 5

Widen intersection at Napa Junction Road/Route 29 $ 4 $ – $ 4

Implement lighted crosswalks at five intersections in St. Helena $ 0 $ – $ 0

Build out countywide primary bicycle network $ 20 $ – $ 20

Create new road and transit configuration on Route 29 through American Canyon with connectivity to the Vallejo Ferry, including BRT, potential HOV, and other roadway innovations $ 12 $ – $ 12

Widen Route 12 (Jameson Canyon) from 2 lanes to 4 lanes from I-80 in Solano County to Route 29 in Napa County (Phase 1) $ 140, $ 140, $ -

Read more about the plan at onebayarea.org or see the entire list of funded projects HERE.

 

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11 Comments

  1. s

    Re Bodega highway …… near Occidental. Is this possibly on Bohemian? Or work on both?

    July 23rd, 2013 8:28 am

  2. Paul

    What does “Implement Marin Sonoma Narrows Phase 2 (Sonoma County) $ 220 $ 14 $ 206″ actually mean? Full steam ahead – start third lane in each direction of the 101 in the Narrows stretch or more study and stalling?

    July 23rd, 2013 8:51 am

  3. Tim

    “Improve interchange at Hearn Avenue/U.S. 101 $ 46 $ 5 $ 42″
    Long overdue.

    July 23rd, 2013 9:22 am

  4. Road.Warrior

    Re: S’s question about the Bohemian Highway, I will find out.

    July 23rd, 2013 10:02 am

  5. Jessica Campion

    I am curious how the decision is made to implement a new traffic signal. And who is making the decision? Are they people from within the community requesting the changes or people from the outside, such as those on Metro Planning Commission and officers behind the Bay Area Plan?

    As I was reviewing the Bay Area Plan for Sonoma County, I could see the logic in most of the improvements. However, one stood out – “Improve channelization and traffic signalization on Mirabel Road and Route 116.”

    I drive through this section of Forestville daily and have never once in twenty years thought there was a need to “improve” it. Traffic, for the most part, is light and both eastbound and westbound drivers are already going a safe rate of speed over that hill. As far as I know, I’ve never heard of an accident at that intersection either.

    What makes West County unique are the vast swaths of redwoods trees and unspoiled nature, the Russian River and Sonoma Coast, charming small towns and farms scattered through out the region. As someone who grew up in the West County, I find it disheartening when “progress” continues to slowly chip away at the beauty of this area, particularly large vineyard projects that call for clear-cutting, road expansions and more unneccessary, unsightly traffic signals such as the one at Vinehill and Hwy 116 in Graton. In that case, was it really necessary to pour millions into an intersection that has little cross traffic?

    It is my concern that traffic signals along with other road projects will become ubiquitous in West County, detracting from the pleasant experience of driving on these scenic roadways and inviting more development. It is fact that Sonoma County’s population and tourism has significantly increased in recent years and the infrastructure of West County was not really designed to accomodate all of the cars that pass through here. As a result, I understand the need to improve the roads, but it is also important that we retain what attracted people to West County in the first place.

    Sincerely,
    Jessica

    July 23rd, 2013 10:02 am

  6. Road.Warrior

    Re Jessica’s comment about Mirabel Road and Route 116: People have been discussing and holding meetings about this intersection for a decade. You can see some background in this Road Warrior post. If it doesn’t answer all your questions, send them and I’ll direct them to the key entities. http://roadwarrior.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/16928/forestville-roundabout/

    July 23rd, 2013 10:17 am

  7. Road.Warrior

    Re: Paul’s question about Phase II funding for the Sonoma Marin Narrows project: I believe it means that money is available to do Phase I (currently under construction) but only $14 million of Phase II has been funded. I’ll find out if that money went for design and make another post about the project in the next few days, so keep watching.

    July 23rd, 2013 10:19 am

  8. jordan

    yes! Penngrove needs to be restored as a small town, and not a traffic mess.

    July 23rd, 2013 10:27 am

  9. Ann

    Extend Farmers Lane from Bennett Valley Road to ???. There isn’t a Bellevue Ave over here, is there?

    July 23rd, 2013 12:29 pm

  10. Cassie Thomson

    What about Millbrae Ave between Redwood Dr and Stony Point????? That is a heavily traveled road and a total mess!

    July 24th, 2013 12:34 am

  11. Brian

    So, am I reading and understanding that there are plans (eventually) to widen 101 to four lanes in each direction at various points? Wouldn’t it make more sense to simply make it four lanes all the way? I know there could be right of way issues, but it would seem like more of a nightmare if you have it going from three to four back to three lanes – that is a good equation for a bottleneck.

    July 24th, 2013 6:55 pm

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