Solano County

STA to focus on Jepson Parkway

By From page A1 | May 10, 2014

SUISUN CITY — A small flurry of Jepson Parkway activity scheduled for Wednesday could include eminent domain hearings by the Solano Transportation Authority.

The Jepson Parkway is to be a 12-mile-long, four-lane road connecting eastern Vacaville, eastern Fairfield and rural Solano County. One goal is to create a convenient alternative to Interstate 80 for local trips.

Most of the work involves widening existing, two-lane roads in phases. Both Fairfield and Vacaville are to begin constructing the latest segments in 2015.

But a wider road means using up more land and not all of the property owners bordering the latest, planned segments as of Friday had agreed to sell. Fairfield and Vacaville have given the Solano Transportation Authority the power to take property by eminent domain for the project.

The agency’s board of directors is to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Suisun City Council chamber, 701 Civic Center Drive. It consists of the mayors from the seven local cities and a county supervisor.

Some property owners have agreed to sell the land needed for the road widenings. But as of Friday, the Solano Transportation Authority had scheduled hearings for eight “resolutions of necessity” needed for eminent domain. The amount to be paid for the properties is not part of the hearings.

Agency Executive Director Daryl Halls said Friday that the number of hearings needed could drop as negotiations with the property owners continue.

“Hopefully, we’ll have all of them resolved,” Halls said. “I think the intent for both us and the property owners is to come to a mutual agreement.”

Property owners scheduled for the eminent domain hearings are Bus Inc.; QLC Management LLC for two parcels; Curtis and Patricia Williams and Mellie Williams; the heirs and devisees of Harry A. Grove; ECJ NoCal Investments Inc.; Robert and Winifred Vick; Bay Ventures; and Robert and Cynthia Sue Ardave.

Fairfield is to start building the 2.7-mile-long Vanden Road segment from Peabody Road north to the city limit line. The cost for design, construction and environmental mitigation is $48 million, though Fairfield won’t do the entire phase at one time. Fairfield will initially build a smaller project near Peabody Road, a Solano Transportation Authority report said.

Vacaville is to build a 3-mile segment from Fairfield north to near Leisure Town Road. The cost for design, construction and environmental mitigation is an estimated $31.5 million, the report said.

The Solano Transportation Authority board is to discuss a funding agreement between the agency and Vacaville. The agency is to provide $19.3 million in state money for the construction of the Fairfield and Vacaville segments in 2015-16, the report said.

Finally, the board will vote on an updated Jepson Parkway Concept Plan. This plan shows what the various segments of the Jepson Parkway might look like, including such details as the bike and pedestrian paths. Some sections are to have more of an urban appearance, others more rural.

The original Jepson Parkway Concept Plan dates back to 2000. Halls said changes have happened since then, such as Fairfield fleshing out plans for its train station at Peabody and Vanden roads.

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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