AMERICAN CANYON — Motorists could have a south county alternative to clogged Highway 29 by 2017, local officials said this week.
Both Napa County and the city of American Canyon are cooperating to complete extensions of Devlin Road. It would parallel Highway 29 from Soscol Ferry Road at the Butler Bridge to Green Island Road, more than three miles to the south.
Completion of the alternate route west of the highway was one of several projects discussed in a special joint session of the American Canyon City Council and the Napa County Board of Supervisors at American Canyon City Hall on Tuesday.
County Public Works Director Steven Lederer said he expects to begin the final segment of the road in the unincorporated county, including a bridge over Fagan Creek, by 2016, with completion the following year. That would make an unbroken stretch of road from north of the county airport south to the American Canyon city limit.
Devlin Road would be part of the Vine Trail, giving cyclists a safer route to get from south Napa to American Canyon and the Vallejo ferry terminal beyond.
Jacques LaRochelle, American Canyon’s interim public works director, said the city hopes to meet a 2017 completion date for its portion from the city limit line at South Kelly Road, south to Green Island Road.
“We would like to do it sooner, if we can,” LaRochelle said.
With the help of the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency, the city is applying for a $2 million grant from the State Transportation Improvement Program, LaRochelle said. The estimated cost of a four-lane, half-mile stretch inside the city limits is about $4.5 million, or $2.5 million for two lanes, according to City Manager Dana Shigley.
A completed Devlin Road could provide trucks an alternate route between the warehouses in the south county industrial area to Highway 12 through Jameson Canyon and on to Interstate 80.
In addition to reviewing the joint Devlin Road project, city officials updated supervisors on American Canyon’s proposed Canyon Estates housing development, the Watson Ranch/Napa Valley Ruins (“town center”) project, and the ongoing “visioning” strategic planning project.
Alice Hughey, assistant director of the county Health and Human Services Agency, spoke briefly about health care changes coming as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Hughey said there will be a community outreach information meeting Sept. 10, 4-6 p.m. at the American Canyon branch of the county library. Other public sessions are scheduled for Sept. 3, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St., Napa, and Oct. 8, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St., Calistoga.
For more information about the meeting, contact Akon Walker of Health and Human Services at 707-253-4265.