Advance work for downtown two-way streets under way

2013-04-06T23:00:00Z 2013-12-24T16:15:42Z Advance work for downtown two-way streets under wayRegister staff Napa Valley Register
April 06, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

Preparation is under way for turning First and Second streets into two-way thoroughfares in downtown.

City crews began working last week to upgrade water lines under the pavement, a first step leading to two-way traffic by this fall or early next year, Jack LaRochelle, city public works director, said Friday.

It makes sense to do the water work now rather than after the streets are repaved and restriped for the change in traffic flows, LaRochelle said.

The City Council approved the return of two-week streets in downtown last year after merchants and property owners said it would help businesses, and public works did a study, which said it would work.

Before First and Second become two-way between Main and Jefferson streets, the city will be removing several traffic lights at Randolph Street intersections and reconstructing curbing at Main Street, LaRochelle said.

Two-way traffic may start late this year if the weather cooperates or next spring, he said.

Copyright 2015 Napa Valley Register. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(16) Comments

  1. rocketman
    Report Abuse
    rocketman - April 07, 2013 7:50 am
    ........and I can't wait to see the delivery trucks blocking thru traffic....
  2. napa333
    Report Abuse
    napa333 - April 07, 2013 9:40 am
    It will keep the traffic patrol officers busy.....
  3. Michael Butler
    Report Abuse
    Michael Butler - April 07, 2013 5:50 pm
    Me too rocket boy. It should help slow down the traffic!
  4. Cadence
    Report Abuse
    Cadence - April 07, 2013 6:32 pm
    One parallel parker will help slow the traffic!
  5. rocketman
    Report Abuse
    rocketman - April 07, 2013 8:35 pm
    I think we are fixing something that is not broken........
  6. SouthNapa
    Report Abuse
    SouthNapa - April 07, 2013 8:56 pm
    This unnecessary project is going to be a massive failure. Tourists have GPS and can figure out how to get downtown. What a waste of money to address a problem that didn't exist.
  7. gettingreal
    Report Abuse
    gettingreal - April 08, 2013 9:17 am
    Just think, when they find out how big of a mistake they made, they will get paid to switch it back. What could go wrong (for them)?
  8. selim_sivad
    Report Abuse
    selim_sivad - April 08, 2013 9:42 am
    You are 100% correct.
  9. selim_sivad
    Report Abuse
    selim_sivad - April 08, 2013 9:49 am
    Normally I give the planners and public works people the benefit of the doubt, but this is a bad idea on so many levels I'm surprised it even made it out of committee. Besides the obvious "delivery truck" issue, we're going to see First & Second streets slow to a crawl...bumper-to-bumper. And what about all the people who block the right lane on First Street trying to valet their cars while checking into the Andaz? It's a nightmare *now* with two lanes going in the same direction. It seems to me that the people who have made this decision don't drive downtown, because how could anyone think that this is a good idea after going down First and Second streets during our ever-expanding tourist season?

    If the issue is downtown access from the freeway, address the intersection at California Blvd, not all of downtown.

    I'm not one for conspiracies, but the decision to make the streets two-way flies in the face of so much logic, I'm thinking there has to be an ulterior motive.
  10. rocketman
    Report Abuse
    rocketman - April 08, 2013 1:30 pm
    ........and wait until there is a traffic accident or medical emergency downtown and emergency personnel "try" to get there. They will probably have a better response time walking to the incident.
  11. napa333
    Report Abuse
    napa333 - April 08, 2013 1:34 pm
    Barry Martin, I know you read these comments because occasionally you jump in and try to explain things. You seem awfully quiet on this one. Maybe you could explain to us "not in the know citizens" some of the up sides of why the city is about to do this?
  12. Cadence
    Report Abuse
    Cadence - April 08, 2013 2:19 pm
    I think you're not supposed to drive downtown. You're supposed to ride the VINE or take your bicycle and, I guess, have any bulky purchases mailed to your home.
  13. 4GNapan
    Report Abuse
    4GNapan - April 08, 2013 4:06 pm
    Absolutely the most idiotic idea that the Downtown *planners* have instituted, and yet another reason downtown will probably die again.
  14. jackofalltrades
    Report Abuse
    jackofalltrades - April 08, 2013 5:30 pm
    Just reverse first and second...that is the real issue
  15. Old Time Napkin
    Report Abuse
    Old Time Napkin - April 08, 2013 8:47 pm
    This will be a huge mistake and costly to boot. Recently I was downtown and a delivery truck was stopped on First near Coombs. Several cars were behind me and we were all able to change lanes and continue on our way. With two way traffic it would have been a waiting game until the truck moved. Once traffic becomes a problem, people will avoid an area. This will go down in history, like the Roundabout that is planned at First and California, as a major disaster.
  16. glenroy
    Report Abuse
    glenroy - April 12, 2013 1:14 pm I putted through DT this morning and it was sluggish at best between deliveries and street parkers trying to park with cars stacked up behined them...when it's two way it will be a monumental mess. If you’re in a hurry walking will be the fastest, if not the only, means…
    This is the dumbest thing since Redevelopment demolished half of Main St....if those building had not been destroyed we’d have a DT similar to Sonoma right now.
Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick