The public will be given the opportunity on Tuesday to learn about shortand long-term solutions that state and local officials are looking at to make Highway 12 a safer place between Lodi and Napa.
Representatives from Cordoba Consulting will give an overview of safety projects planned for next year in the Tower Park Marina and Bouldin Island areas. These have been the scene of numerous fatal crashes, most recently on July 14, when a Fairfield woman was killed on Highway 12 west of Tower Park Marina.
Representatives from the Highway 12 Corridor Advisory Committee, which include Lodi City Councilman Larry Hansen and San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel, will be present for Tuesday's meeting at the Lodi Public Library. Representatives from the California Department of Transportation, San Joaquin Council of Governments and Solano County are expected to attend, according to Will Ridder, a regional planner for the Council of Governments.
In these tough budget times, it has been impossible to fund long-term improvements to Highway 12. Officials from San Joaquin, Sacramento, Solano and Napa counties have tried for years to improve conditions on Highway 12.
A few projects have been completed, including traffic signals where Highway 12 crosses Davis and DeVries roads. The DeVries project, completed last year, was financed by $466,000 in state and county funds, while the Davis Road signal cost $337,000.
"In this meeting (Tuesday), we're looking at the entire 52-mile stretch from Highway 29 to Interstate 5," Hansen said. "First you find the potential solution; then you find the money."
The next improvement to Highway 12, likely to begin next year, will end the hazardous left turns from westbound Highway 12 to Tower Park Marina. The fully funded, $20.9 million project calls for creating a right-turn cloverleaf to exit Highway 12 near Glasscock Road to get to Tower Park. The money comes from about $15.5 million in state transportation funds and almost $4 million in Measure K funds. Measure K is generated by a half-cent sales tax in San Joaquin County.
The project also includes expansion of the park-and-ride lot at Highway 12 and Thornton Road, Hansen said.
The other significant project, scheduled for later next year, will be on Bouldin Island, located between Tower Park Marina and Rio Vista, Ridder said. The project will include standard shoulders and a concrete median barrier that will eliminate head-on collisions and passing into oncoming traffic, Ridder said.
Tuesday's community meeting will also include a report on traffic projects on Highway 12 between now and 2035, as well as ideas on the most important places for the highway to be expanded to four lanes, or where it can remain two lanes but include a passing or acceleration lane, Ridder said.
Once the presentations are made, visitors can look at maps and other materials while talking to engineers and public officials one to one, Ridder said.
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