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I am adding my complaints about the signal lights on Highway 29 in Napa to those of many others.

I leave my house Upvalley at approximately 3:30 a.m. At that hour, there are no bicyclists on the Vine Trail. As I approach Oak Knoll Avenue, I can see the default state of the signal lights at all cross streets on Highway 29 is red.

These signal lights should prioritize state Highway 29, not Oak Knoll, Salvador, Wine Country and Trower avenues.

Even though I am heading south, the signal turns green for north-bound lanes only and the left turn arrow is activated even though no car is waiting to turn. After a time, the south-bound signal turns green and I proceed to the next intersection for a repeat of the same situation.

While there are a few early-morning commuters, the signal light sequencing causes cars to stack up and idle, adding to air pollution in Napa. If a car at the intersection ahead should trigger a green light, the impulse is to race there before it turns red again.

The traffic signal engineers blame this situation on the Vine Trail, but there are no bicyclists on the Vine Trail at 3 a.m.

The Vine Trail bicycle signals should be deactivated during hours that the trail is obviously not in use.

And the Vine Trail signals should not be causing traffic backups during regular commute hours.

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The traffic engineers need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to alleviate traffic problems, not cause them.

Wendy Johnson

St. Helena

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