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Fairfield delays Peabody Road closure for a year

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From page A1 | December 13, 2013 | 12 Comments

FAIRFIELD — The Big Shutdown for Peabody Road will be delayed one more year.

Fairfield intends to build a Peabody Road overpass over the train tracks near Vanden Road as part of its $68 million train station project. It will shut down Peabody Road at the tracks for one year. The closure was to begin in June 2014.

But the city a few months ago failed to get a $9 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant. That put the project timeline at risk.

City officials announced Thursday that construction is now slated to begin in summer of 2015. They will try to repackage the project to fit with available funds, even as they try to find another source for the missing $9 million.

“It’s a complicated project with a lot of things going on,” Public Works Director George Hicks said. “The biggest driver in this change is we didn’t get the TIGER grant.”

Peabody Road during rush hour carries drivers heading to local jobs, to nearby Travis School District schools, to Travis Air Force Base and more. It is a major link between Fairfield and Vacaville.

Fairfield officials have long said a key to the overpass construction project is that the road shutdown begins one summer and ends the next. Peabody Road is to be shut near Vanden Road for only one school year to limit the effects on school traffic.

That means a delay in a summer 2014 start for the closure results in a one-year delay.

“We remain enthusiastic about this huge construction project for our community,” City Manager Sean Quinn said in a press release. “But we must be diligent to ensure the appropriate phasing of the project and hold to our commitments to our community partners.”

Fairfield looks forward to bringing the new train station to the community, Quinn said.

This is the second time Fairfield has delayed the Peabody Road closure. The closure was originally to begin in June 2013, only to be delayed a year because the city had to deal with multiple utility lines and companies to a degree beyond what it had expected.

The train station project at Peabody and Vanden roads was much simpler during its early incarnations in the mid-1990s. It was to cost less than $10 million and simply be a stop for the Capitol Corridor trains that travel between Sacramento and the Bay Area.

As the city worked with Union Pacific, the owner of the train tracks, the project grew in scope. Union Pacific wanted such features as track realignments and a middle boarding platform that could be reached without crossing the tracks. Fairfield’s plans call for a tunnel leading to the platform.

Union Pacific also wanted to eliminate the nearby at-grade railroad crossing at Peabody Road for safety reasons. That is how plans to build a bridge to take Peabody Road over the tracks became linked with the train station project.

Such an overpass also fit in with Fairfield’s own plans to build an entire community with the train station as a focus. A busy Peabody Road would become busier.

With the changes, however, the train station project grew into one of Fairfield’s bigger public works projects in recent decades. It became a more complicated and more expensive project.

Fairfield earlier this year had wanted to open the train station in early 2016. Hicks said the one-year delay to close Peabody Road at the tracks for the overpass construction will probably also delay the opening of the train stop by a year.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • CD BrooksDecember 13, 2013 - 6:39 am

    The overpass is long, long over-due and construction should begin immediately. The train station and the proposed community are unnecessary and will create a much larger disparity in the coverage for both PD and Fire. Both Chiefs have stated they do not have proper resources now, how does this new deal make sense? Simple, it does not.

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  • Legend1949December 13, 2013 - 6:51 am

    Everyone I've talked to have complained about the waste of money and time when we can't afford either Why is there never any mention of improving the parking at the station in Suisun ? No street closures that would matter Waste not, Want not

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  • Blanca BotwinDecember 13, 2013 - 7:35 am

    I drive by this mess every day when I drive my son to school in VV. What was once a lot of trees is now a sign for a train station of sorts(that will be delayed many more times before it comes to fruition.) My son actually commented the other day that the project won't be completed by the time he graduates-2016. I didn't realize my son was such a predictor of the future lol.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 13, 2013 - 8:00 am

    And let's be very concerned about TAFB here. How about an indefinite moratorium on anything that appears to be an encroachment on the base. That should finally take this nonsense off the table.

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  • FredDecember 13, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Fairfield & their "leaders" are great at creating vacant lots with signs in then. Something tell's me that "we" the people of FF will get stuck with the tab. What the heck let's just add on another one cent sales tax, that should do it...

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  • Fed Up In FairfieldDecember 13, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Maybe there should be a betting pool on what gets done first: The Train Station that we don't need or development of the old Fairfield Bowl lot. The City went on a spending spree and only now has to deal with the fallout from it.

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  • MarkDecember 13, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    Lots of complaints about how Fairfield is run and the decisions its leaders make, but more often than not the same people get reelected to the city council. Something doesn't jive.

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 13, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Mark, you described pretty much every city in the country.

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  • StreetwiseDecember 13, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    That's because those that keep getting re-elected have Fire & Police Unions stuffing their pockets. Maybe someone can explain why the city hasn't settle contracts with Fire & PD.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 13, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Great--my last teen graduates from Vanden in June, so I then intend to stay off ''dead body'' road!

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  • What is the History of this project and what are the funding mechanisms?December 13, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Who's Idea was this in the first place?...Quinn's?....Spering"s....Some Transportation Authority?...A summary of the history and funding of this Train/Road project would be interesting.

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  • ?December 13, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Same thing for the Fairgrounds to No Where?

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