NVTA is collaborating with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) on the Napa Forward program that will make improvements at three intersections on SR 29 at Rutherford (SR 128) and Oakville Cross Road in the unincorporated areas of Napa County, and at Madison in the Town of Yountville.
The improvements include three small roundabouts that will significantly improve safety (for all modes) and operations along the SR 29 corridor. The projects would greatly relieve congestion and encourage additional non-auto travel. The roundabouts would increase traffic throughput from cross streets, allowing additional connections to the Silverado Trail (improving circulation) and eliminate signal impediments at Madison.
SR 29 is the only contiguous north south route that connects Napa to the adjacent counties of Lake and Solano and therefore is a critical evacuation route during fires. and other emergencies.
The projects will support Napa's wine and hospitality industries that have been badly impacted by the Pandemic. The projects will also create over 200 direct and indirect jobs. The improvements will connect to the planned Class 1 Path Vine Trail Facility that runs west of SR 29 between St. Helena and Yountville. The roundabouts will have a low profile so as not to impede truck traffic or turning movements.
Equity and Environmental Justice
The project would also improve travel for the adjacent Equity Priority Communities in south St. Helena and the unincorporated area near Yountville. These communities are defined as living below the poverty line, concentrated populations of elderly and disabled, communities of color, and have a high concentration of non-English speakers.
Jobs and Economic Development
The projects will support Napa's wine and hospitality industries that have been badly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The projects will also create over 200 direct and indirect jobs. The improvements will connect to the planned Class 1 Path Vine Trail Facility that runs west of SR 29 between St. Helena and Yountville. Roundabouts will have a low profile so as not to impede truck traffic or turning movements.
In other news...
Napa County has been awarded $6 Million for intersection improvements along Highway 29. Click here to read the press release.
Roundabouts provide a number of traffic management and safety benefits, including reductions in overall collisions, fatality collisions, and pedestrian collisions.