AMERICAN CANYON — Taking away parking with one hand, the city of American Canyon is set to add more with the other.

The city is making progress on building a park and ride on Crawford Way, while also orchestrated the placement last week of “No Parking” signs on the vacant lot on the northeast corner of the Highway 29-American Canyon Road intersection where big rigs often spent the night.

The trucks reduced visibility for motorists and detracted from the appearance of a major gateway to the city, according to objections received by City Hall.

The sign installation required Caltrans approval because the area is in the state agency’s right-of-way.

While there may be fewer locations for big rig parking, commuters and others may be getting more next year. American Canyon officials have received preliminary approval for a $110,000 grant for a park-and-ride lot, according to a city news release.

The grant will be used to expand the existing unpaved lot next to the American Canyon Library at 300 Crawford Way, adding 50 parking stalls, two racks for 16 bikes, and three lockers for secure storage of two bikes apiece, according to the announcement.

Engineering design will be completed by the city Public Works Department, with construction scheduled for summer 2014, officials said.

Final approval must come from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which administers the Transportation Fund for Clean Air program, funded by a $4 surcharge on motor vehicles registered in the Bay Area.

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