State Route 29/California Roundabouts
The State Route 29 (SR 29) Northbound First Street Ramps and California Boulevard Roundabouts Project (Project) involves the reconfiguration and construction of three modern roundabouts at First Street and California Boulevard, Second Street and California Boulevard, and SR 29 northbound on and off ramps at First Street.
The purpose of the Project is to relieve existing and future traffic congestion, improve traffic safety and traffic operations, and minimize queues and delay for all three intersections within the Project limits. Furthermore, the Project includes bicycle and pedestrian facilities to encourage multi-modal forms of transportation.
The Project will accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic through a combination of sidewalks, shared use paths and bicycle lanes. Other features of the project include street lighting, landscaping, irrigation and storm drain systems, new side mounted and overhead signs to assist in navigating the roundabouts, the construction of retaining walls, and re-grading to accommodate street design grades and cross-slopes.
The Project will also increase mobility into and out of Downtown Napa through the reversal of First Street and Second Street between California Boulevard and Jefferson Street. Currently, First and Second Streets, between California Boulevard and Jefferson Street operate as a one-way couplet (with east and west-bound traffic separated onto two two-lane streets, rather than allowing two-way traffic on both streets). As part of the Project these streets will be reversed: First Street would become east-bound only, while Second Street would become west bound only, each from the California Boulevard roundabouts to Jefferson Street.
Construction Activity Pre-Project
Utility relocation work in anticipation of the Project is currently underway. You may see utility relocation work being performed for the various utility companies within the Project area.
The construction of the roundabouts Project is estimated to begin in April 2019. Information regarding traffic impacts during construction including vehicle/pedestrian/bicyclist detours will be posted on a continuing basis.
The design consultant for the Project, Omni-Means (A GHD Company), prepared a traffic simulation to illustrate how the Project will operate after completion.