FAIRFIED — The vote was a long time coming.
In September 2002, the Solano Transportation Authority decided to take the lead on putting together an environmental impact report for proposed Interstates 80 and 680 interchange fixes. Then the agency waited for consultants to do the work on a project with many complexities.
The STA Board of Directors on Wednesday finally had the chance to certify the finished product.
“It’s been a long haul,” Solano County Supervisor and STA Board Member Jim Spering said.
The report calls for about $2 billion in projects. Relocating the existing Interstates 80 and 680 interchange about a half-mile to the west is the chief element, but hardly the only one.
Some of the projects in the report are several miles away from the Interstates 80 and 680 interchange. They include building an interchange on Highway 12 at Pennsylvania Avenue to keep highway traffic from backing up onto I-80.
Over the years, some projects got broken off from the environmental impact report to be pursued separately. Among them are the I-80 car pool lanes that opened in 2009 and the eastbound California Highway Patrol truck scale relocation that is under way.
The STA and the state Department of Transportation plan to soon launch a $111 million phase of the interchange project, which consists of renovating the Green Valley Road interchange at I-80 and rebuilding the approaches from I-80 to Highway 12 in Jameson Canyon. The California Transportation Commission could vote on the project in May 2013, a Solano Transportation Authority report said.
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