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Jepson Parkway project gets Vacaville green light

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From page A5 | June 25, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — The City Council unanimously gave the go ahead to move forward with Vacaville’s $33.6 million portion of the Jepson Parkway, an in-progress, 12-mile stretch of road that runs from Highway 12 at Walters Road in Suisun City to Interstate 80 at Leisure Town Road on the outskirts of Vacaville.

Much of the project is connecting already-existing roadways and adding improvements such as medians, stop lights and shoulders. Vacaville’s so-called Phase 2 portion of the parkway runs a short distance on Vanden Road and extends to Leisure Town Road and the Commerce Place intersection.

Work is slated to begin in late summer of 2015.

The entire project is a partnership between the cities of Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville, plus Solano County and the Solano Transportation Authority.

The Phase 2 project is a cost-sharing endeavor among the county and Solano Transportation Authority with Vacaville’s portion of the costs sitting at $17.2 million. That includes an additional $2 million for an 18-inch portable water line so the city doesn’t have to tear up Leisure Town Road for future development, said Steve Hartwig, the city’s director of public works.

Funding for the project will not come from the city’s general fund and will be funded through traffic and water development impact fees; developer-funded improvements and right of way credits; a Highway Bridge Program grant; special Pacific Gas & Electric Co. funds; and previous city contribution credits.

Councilwoman Dilenna Harris voiced concern over traffic issues once construction starts and wanted to ensure that area residents would be given ample notice “so that everyone is prepared for it.”

Hartwig said he wasn’t going to try to convince anyone that “there’s not going to be any impact,” but said they will be doing “significant outreach.”

Several segments of Jepson Parkway have already been completed. These include the extension of Leisure Town Road from Alamo Drive to Vanden Road; the relocation of the Vanden Road-Peabody Road intersection; improvements to Leisure Town Road bridges; widening of Walters Road; and the Interstate 80/Leisure Town Road interchange.

Those that still need completion are the Phase 1 section in Fairfield and Phase 3, Leisure Town Road north of Commerce Place.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or swinlow@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

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  • Tax PayerJune 25, 2014 - 5:40 am

    Council member Harris voiced concerns about traffic with this little project. How about the traffic concerns when Peabody Road is closed for a period of time. Also traffic will look like you are in LA as they build out the Southtown project. Where will the traffic go? Right up or down two lane Vanden Road to Alamo Drive or to Air Base out to the freeway. Check out the traffic now in the morning and afternoons for the back ups.

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  • JimboJune 25, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    In other words, roads are never to be upgraded because it temporarily inconveniences the short sighted and self centered.

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