The Oak Knoll Section of the Vine Trail from Trancas Street in Napa to Washington Street in Yountville is Open for Use.
NAPA — The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA), the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, the City of Napa, the Town of Yountville, and the County of Napa celebrated with its construction and engineering partners today as it received the California Transportation Foundation’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Project of the Year Award for the Oak Knoll Section of the Napa Valley Vine Trail. Participating in the celebration were Senator Bill Dodd, Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, and Mayor Jill Techel.
Napa Valley Vine Trail – Oak Knoll project, is a 6-mile segment of new trail linking the communities of Napa and Yountville along State Route 29. The project team included Ghilotti Bros., Nielsen Construction, and RSA+.
Accompanied by the project team, Mayor Techel accepted the award in Sacramento, stating “I am honored to accept this award today for such an amazing collaboration on a project that enhances our beautiful Napa Valley – the vision of one individual, Chuck McMinn, started an all-out effort to build a trail from Calistoga to the Vallejo Ferry and seeing the thousands of users on the path proves that it has been well worth the effort”.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Oak Knoll segment was held in October after construction crews finished paving the 10-foot-wide trail, a separated Class I facility running adjacent to Solano Avenue. The trail remained officially closed between Trower and Oak Knoll Avenue for crews to complete curb cuts and signal modification until late April. This entire trail is now officially opened for use.
With the opening of the Oak Knoll Section, the Napa Valley Vine Trail now has 12.5 miles of continuous trail between Kennedy Park in the City of Napa to Madison Street in Yountville available for the community and its visitors.
NVTA secured more than $7 million in state and federal funding for the project including a $2.5 million Federal Highway Administration Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP) grant and a $3.6 million State of California’s Active Transportation Program grant. The entire project cost roughly $10 million.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition contributed $2.5 million to the project thanks in part to the Napa Valley Vintners and Visit Napa Valley, who have jointly contributed $5 million to support various segments of the trail. The Napa Valley Vine Trail is also responsible for funding the bridge over the Salvador Channel.
The City of Napa contributed almost $500,000, which includes constructing the trail between Wine Country and Trower. The County of Napa contributed almost $300,000, and the Town of Yountville contributed $45,000.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition was founded in 2008 to promote the development of the proposed 47-mile Vine Trail between Calistoga and the San Francisco Bay ferry terminal in Vallejo. The Coalition, consisting of over thirty representatives from agriculture, hospitality, business, health, education, arts and public agency organizations, has been the private partner in the unique private-public partnership with NVTA.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) serves as the Congestion Management Agency for Napa County, responsible for programming state and federal funds for local projects. A Joint Powers Authority, NVTA is responsible for the county's short- and long-term regional transportation planning, working closely with its local, regional, state and federal partners to improve Napa County's streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.