FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2021
Media Contact: Becky Craig, Assistant CEO
Napa County Receives $6 Million from Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Funds Slated for Roundabouts Along State Route 29
Napa, CA – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved $6 million this week for intersection improvements along State Route 29 in Napa County. The action funds part of the Napa Valley Forward project, an initiative to improve infrastructure to support safety and better traffic flow.
In coordination with the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA), MTC began studying different ways to improve traffic along SR 29. Mini-roundabouts were selected to be studied at Oakville Cross and Rutherford roads due to the nominal cost, significant safety considerations, and smaller footprint required to construct the intersection improvements. Several alternatives are being considered at Madison Street in Yountville including a roundabout. Preliminary designs and the proposed design will be shared soon.
Napa County Board Chair Alfredo Pedroza, along with NVTA and MTC staff have met with property owners, including businesses, who would be directly impacted by the proposed roundabouts. Additional public outreach to the broader community will begin in the fall of 2021.
Construction on the roundabouts could begin as soon as Spring 2023, with completion of the project expected in two years.
“Since my appointment to the MTC, my goal has been to bring additional regional resources to Napa County to improve mobility, address traffic and safety concerns, and improve Napa Valley’s economic and cultural vitality,” said Napa County Board of Supervisors Chair Alfredo Pedroza. “Roundabouts at Rutherford and Oakville roads along SR 29 will do just that.”
“We are excited to see Napa County join the global shift from red lights to roundabouts. These upgrades allow our community make it to their destination in a safer and faster way with significant cost and energy savings.” - Jack Bittner, Managing Partner at OVID. Napa Valley and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Napa Valley Vintners.
"These roundabouts are an important first step in improving the free flow of traffic on our local system. The impact will be beyond just the specific intersections and will improve traffic flow along the entire corridor,” said Ted Hall, President & CEO of Long Meadow Ranch.
“This is a great opportunity for Napa County – it’s not often that $6 million lands on our lap like this especially for highway improvements in the more rural parts of the Valley – it really requires collaboration and support from our regional planning agency, MTC, to fund projects of this nature given the limited highway funds that typically come into Napa,” said NVTA Executive Director, Kate Miller.
Roundabouts are a proven safety countermeasure because they can substantially reduce crashes that result in serious injury or death, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Roundabouts can:
Promote lower speeds and traffic calming
Reduce conflict points
Lead to improved operational performance
Meet a wide range of traffic conditions because they are versatile in size, shape, and design.
Link to MTC video illustrating traffic flow improvements with use of roundabouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Si8tCuTCQ
Click here to read more about NVTA's planned improvements.