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Bike lanes planned for Lincoln Avenue

Bike lanes planned for Lincoln Avenue

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Napa High students will soon have the added safety of bike lanes on Lincoln Avenue between Jefferson Street and California Boulevard.

On Tuesday, the City Council accepted a $249,443 clean air grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for the bike lanes as well as traffic light coordination on Lincoln.

To make room for the bike lanes, the city has worked out an agreement with the Napa Valley Unified School District to remove on-street parking on the north side of Lincoln, west of Jefferson.

This will make room for east-bound and west-bound bike lanes, Jack LaRochelle, the city’s public works director, said Friday. Lincoln’s four vehicle lanes will be shifted slightly to the north to accommodate the eastbound bike lane.

The loss of street parking will primarily affect people doing business with school district maintenance offices.

The city would like to extend the bike lanes east of Jefferson, but this will require negotiating with businesses that don’t want to lose street parking in front of their stores, LaRochelle said.

The grant will also pay to connect the traffic signals on Lincoln between Napa Valley Wine Train tracks and California Boulevard. This coordination should reduce the wait time  for vehicles at red lights, officials said.

The city will contribute $60,000 in vehicle gas tax money as its share of the project.

The bike lanes and signal connections need to be completed by June 2012.

The grant comes from a surcharge on motor vehicles registrations in the Bay Area.

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