Solano County

Caltrans advises Highway 12 delays likely

By From page A3 | August 20, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Many drivers on the six-mile stretch of Highway 12 through Jameson Canyon have experienced delays beyond the  norm this week and could experience more delays at times over the next few days.

A final pavement layer is being added to the inside lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions along the hill area west of Red Top Road, state Department of Transportation spokesman Vince Jacala said. Work is to be done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and could last until Aug. 26, he said.

Afternoon rush hour traffic Monday heading eastbound toward Fairfield backed up behind the paving project, making for a slow commute. Local resident Geoff Wilcox said it took him one-and-a-half hours to get from the Napa Airport Industrial Park through Jameson Canyon to Interstate 80, including 15 minutes sitting at the Highway 29 traffic light.

Eastbound traffic appeared to be heavy and slow on Highway 12 at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, but not as bad as on Monday.

Westbound morning commutes have also been slow, with motorists having to contend with not only Highway 12 paving work, but concrete K-rail near and along the I-80 connector ramp leading to Highway 12. This is an area where vehicles maneuver to change lanes. Wilcox has seen some drivers trying to force their vehicles into the line exiting for Highway 12 at the last possible moment.

“Morning is dangerous,” Wilcox said.

Commuters going the other directions — from Napa to Fairfield in the morning and from Fairfield to Napa in the afternoon — didn’t face delays on Monday and Tuesday.

Caltrans is widening Highway 12 in Jameson Canyon to four lanes, two in each direction. The two outer lanes are open in the Solano County section, with the two middle lanes closed, which as been the case all month. The paving project that began this week hasn’t closed any additional lanes.

Still, Jacala said, delays could arise from trucks moving about and from drivers slowing down to watch the paving.

Highway 12 is a major link between Interstate 80 in Solano County and Highway 29 in Napa County. The 3-mile Napa County portion of the widening project is completed. The 3-mile Solano County portion is scheduled to be completed in early September.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] 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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  • SixStrRzrAugust 19, 2014 - 5:15 am

    What are the contractors possibly thinking, that they have to extend paving into the afternoon rush hour? Yesterday's (Monday's) evening commute was by far the worst I have experienced in 3-4 years. Traffic was literally paralyzed from 3:30 pm on, from south Napa through American Canyon as commuters avoided the absolute gridlock on 12. I got on 12E at 4:30 pm, on 80E at 5:45. One hour, fifteen minutes to go 6 miles?

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  • JagAugust 20, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Try coming home from San Francisco everyday.

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  • BobAugust 19, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Managed to mess up both commutes, backed up 12 into Suisun City in the AM, once again CalTrans messes up

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  • 2realAugust 20, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    Hwy 12 delays? So wat else is new

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  • RobAugust 20, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    Sorry, but anyone complaining about this work is very short sighted. A few days of bad delays will end up with YEARS of better traffic patterns.

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  • SixStrRzrAugust 21, 2014 - 5:32 am

    My point was the contractor should not be doing major repaving during the rush hour.Commuters have been "short-sighted" for 3-4 years. I agree the end justifies the means, but earlier repaving phases were done at night (temperature conditions permitting) and during non-rush hour periods. Still, this six-mile commute through Jameson Canyon has averaged 1/2 hour, and has not been endured for "a few days".

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