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Major backups occurred during the morning commute Thursday after a cable company construction project knocked out the traffic light at Highway 29 and Donaldson Way.

American Canyon Police Chief Oscar Ortiz said the light stopped working about midnight while a cable company was laying fiber optic cable in the area.

Both the cable company, which was not named, and Caltrans tried to get the light working before Thursday's morning rush hour, but were unsuccessful.

Two American Canyon police officers worked to move traffic through the intersection, which had been reduced to a four-way stop, but northbound backups were significant, Ortiz said.

One observer said the backup stretched to Highway 37 in Vallejo and perhaps beyond.

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You can reach City Editor Kevin Courtney at kcourtney@napanews.com or at 707-256-2217. 

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.