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Utility poles and commercial truck on Green Island Road

A commercial truck drives past utility poles on Green Island Road, where the city of American Canyon is planning to place power and telecommunications lines underground as part of a larger widening and reconstruction project for the busy and crumbling roadway.

American Canyon is hoping this year to take the first big steps towards fixing Green Island Road, the main artery for the city’s industrial district that has been in desperate need of an overhaul for years.

The project will be a costly one — about $14 million — and city officials have been talking to property owners in the Green Island Industrial District for the past couple of years to gain their help and pay for the work.

Interim City Manager Jason Holley told the City Council on Feb. 20, “We’re starting to gain some real support” among the owners for this project.

But the city won’t know for sure if they’ll have sufficient backing from property owners until this summer when they send out ballots as part of creating a Community Facilities District that would empower American Canyon to tax the owners and raise at least $9 million.

The other $5 million needed would come from the city through a combination of local funds, as well as state and federal grants.

Two-thirds of the owners must agree to the formation of the CFD, which would tax them annually, with the money going towards paying off 30-year bonds that the city would take out to finance the rebuilding of Green Island Road, as well as other work being planned for the district.

Officials have focused on gaining endorsements from the four biggest property owners who account for about half of all the taxable land, according to Holley.

The major owners include Napa Logistics Park, a mammoth industrial park taking shape just to the north of Green Island, and the Stravinski Group, which has built many of the warehouses in the district.

Under the CFD, each owner would be taxed $868 per acre annually.

“We are getting a favorable reaction from the property owners,” said Holley. “They understand the need” for the CFD and the project.

In exchange for agreeing to form the CFD, property owners would enjoy newer roads and other improvements.

The biggest part of the project would be the complete reconstruction of Green Island Road, which has been crumbling under the weight of thousands of commercial trucks going back and forth over it.

Additionally, Jim Oswalt Way, Mezzetta Court, Commerce Boulevard and Hanna Drive would be rebuilt.

The city intends to not only put down new asphalt, but build new subsurfaces so the roads can withstand the high volume of heavy traffic running over them for decades to come.

Green Island would go from being a two-lane road to three lanes with an added turning lane so trucks could exit the street without tying up traffic, as is often the case now.

Before the roadwork is performed, the city intends to underground all of the utilities and lay down fiber optic cable to improve Internet service — something businesses have complained about for some time now.

The newly rebuilt Green Island Road would also feature a Class 1 bike/pedestrian trail on its north side that would become part of the Vine Trail.

If everything goes according to the city’s plan, the first work would consist of improving the railroad crossings on Green Island by late summer.

The undergrounding of utilities wires would take place in the fall.

The rebuilding of Green Island Road and the ancillary streets would occur in the summer of 2019, and the Vine Trail segment would be constructed the following summer in 2020.


American Canyon Eagle editor

Noel Brinkerhoff has been editor of the American Canyon Eagle since 2014. Prior to that he covered state politics in Sacramento for the California Journal.