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JEPSON PARKWAY PROJECT UPDATES

TRAFFIC SIGNALS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AND ACTIVATED AT LEISURE TOWN ROAD AND ELMIRA ROAD; LEISURE TOWN ROAD AND MARSHALL ROAD; AND LEISURE TOWN ROAD AND ALAMO DRIVE. Leisure Town Road and Redstone is still under traffic control. 

Traffic signals at Elmira Road and Leisure Town Road Traffic signals at Elmira Road and Leisure Town Road

 Traffic signals at Leisure Town Road and Marshall

ROUNDABOUT INFORMATION:

In response to an e-mail from a resident:

Public Works is in receipt of your email regarding the closure of Vanden Road at its terminus with Leisure Town Road in conjunction with the opening of the new roundabout. While there have been a number of City Council presentations and public meetings and a City website page relaying construction activities on the planning, sequencing, scheduling and of the construction improvements related to work on Jepson Parkway it is understandable that you may not be aware of these activities and that the Vanden Road closure may be inconvenient and appear poorly planned. I hope that this response sheds light on your inquiry and adequately explains what you should expect in the future.

 Vanden Road and Leisure Town Road has been planned as a three-leg roundabout, eliminating the current northbound Vanden Road connection at Leisure Town Road. Realigning Vanden Road to a new connection with Foxboro Parkway, approximately 600 feet west of the existing Leisure Town Road/Vanden Road intersection, is the responsibility of the Vanden Meadows developer. 

At the time construction documents were let for bidding on the Jepson Parkway project, it was the City’s understanding that the current developer of the Vanden Meadows project and other adjacent development would construct the realigned Vanden segment connecting it to Foxboro Parkway and extending and connecting Foxboro Parkway to the Leisure Town Road roundabout concurrently with the Jepson Parkway construction activities. I have attached exhibits showing the planned connection. Utility relocation and grading activities began in fall of last year, unfortunately, the developer stopped work on the Vanden Road realignment and Foxboro Parkway extension.  The City continues to pressure the developer to meet his responsibilities and reconstruct Vanden Road and extend Foxboro Parkway.  This developer has assured the City that reconstructing Vanden Road and extending Foxboro Parkway will begin again in May of this year.  If the developer’s work is again delayed this spring/summer, the City may have to construct these facilities and back charge the developer.   

 

 

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IN RESPONSE TO AN E-MAIL FROM A RESIDENT: 

Thank you for your feedback, and for giving us a chance to explain the logic of the traffic circulation system in the Leisure Town/Vanden area.    The logic starts with the premise that we are creating a new community with the development of Southtown, Vanden Meadows, Vanden Estates, and so on.  With this new community, we are constructing a traffic circulation “system” that will make sense once it’s complete.  Unfortunately, many components of the system are being funded and/or constructed by the new development, and so it will take a couple years to realize the full benefits of the system.  Our goal in planning this circulation system is to be cognizant of traffic patterns and how they intermix with the residential neighborhoods; and a primary goal being to keep the major through traffic on arterial streets, whereas local, neighborhood traffic is encouraged to use collector roadways (with no houses fronting).  Ultimately, we want to minimize the speeds and volume of traffic navigating through the neighborhoods.  I am sure that, regardless where you live, you can appreciate that effort in planning. 

In the final configuration Vanden Road is realigned as it approaches Leisure Town Road from the north in order to discourage its use as a thoroughfare, serving local neighborhood traffic versus through traffic.  It will eventually intersect Foxboro Parkway when that roadway is extended from Nut Tree Road, but it will be offset several hundred feet from its current alignment.  Vehicles traveling between Fairfield and points north of Southtown are able to make use of the new Leisure Town Road to Alamo Drive or Marshall Road.  Within the next one to two years, traffic will also be able to travel west from Vanden/Leisure Town on a four lane extension of Foxboro Parkway to Nut Tree Road and Peabody Road.  At roughly the same time that happens, Vanden Road north of Foxboro Pkwy will be reconstructed, providing convenient local access for traffic between Southtown and Fairfield. 

We apologize for the inconvenience of all the work taking place on leisure Town Road/Jepson Parkway, but in the end the result will be a smoother trip through the region and less impact on neighborhood streets.

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Below is a video of a presentation made to the Vacaville City Council at its October 24, 2017 meeting on the Jepson Parkway Project:

 

Maps, Detours, other Images - Link to page with various maps, detours and images related to the Jepson Parkway Project

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JEPSON PARKWAY PROJECT BEGINS 

 Construction has started on the Jepson Parkway Project.  Teichert Construction is currently digging pot holes to verify existing location of underground utilities.  This is in an effort to locate and avoid these utilities during various construction activities.

In order to do this work, Teichert has set up traffic control at various locations throughout the project.  Next week (April 3rd) – Teichert plans on:

      • Placing the traffic signal at the intersection of Vanden and Leisure Town Road on Flashing red, thereby converting the intersection to a three-way stop. 
      • Installing Storm Drain Facilities in the vicinity of the intersection of Leisure Town Road and Vanden Road. This work will occur under traffic control with flagging. 
      • Installing water line facilities in the vicinity of the intersection of Leisure Town Road and Vanden Road. This work will occur under traffic control with flagging. 
      • Perform ‘clear & grub’ (weed removal) along the west side of Leisure Town Road from Redstone Parkway to Vanden Road.
      • Perform  ‘clear and grub’ (vegetation removal) and Tree removal along the west side of Leisure Town Road from Alamo to Arbor Oaks. This work will occur under traffic control with flagging as needed

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      Link to the Solano Transportation Authority website on the Jepson Parkway Project. 

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      LEISURE TOWN ROAD CLOSURES NECESSITATED BY VACAVILLE’S JEPSON PARKWAY PROJECT CONSTRUCTION BEGINNING MAY 1, 2017

       Construction has begun on Vacaville’s, Jepson Parkway Project which includes widening of Leisure Town Road from Commerce Place to Vanden Road and Vanden Road from Leisure Town Road to the City of Vacaville’s southern city limit. The work is contracted to be completed by spring of 2019.

      The work is part of the overall Jepson Parkway Project. The ultimate 12-mile project is an Interstate 80 Reliever Route that will improve intra-county mobility for Solano County residents.  The project upgrades a series of narrow local roads to provide a north-south travel route for residents as an alternative to Interstate 80 between Leisure Town Road/I-80 interchange and SR 12/ Walters Road in Suisun City. More information on the overall Jepson Parkway Project can be found on the Solano Transportation Authority website, www.sta.ca.gov.

      In an effort to reduce the overall duration of traffic impacts on local residents, construction on specific sections of Leisure Town Road will include time restricted road closures beginning May 1.

      Closures are scheduled at the following locations:

      • Leisure Town Road from south of Elmira Road to north of Alamo Drive -May 1 to Sept. 1.
      • Leisure Town Road from south of Redstone Parkway to Vanden Road – May 1 to Sept. 1.
      • Vanden Road south of Newcastle Drive - upon opening of Leisure Town Road between Vanden Road and Redstone Parkway.
      • The intersection of Elmira Road and Leisure Town Road for approximately 45 days, most likely sometime in August or September.
      • The intersection of Alamo Drive, Fry Road and Leisure Town Road for approximately 21 days, most likely in July or August, but NOT at the same time as the Elmira Road and Leisure Town Road intersection closure.
      • Leisure Town Road between Purple Martin Drive and Scarlet Street from June 15 to December 1.

      Areas of work outside of the mentioned closure limits will require traffic control and reduced speed limits during construction, but will have at least one lane of traffic open at all times.

      Construction of median planting, landscaping, sidewalk construction and other ancillary work will continue until project completion. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

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      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      Q. What is the Jepson Parkway Project?

       A. The 12-mile Jepson Parkway project is an I-80 Reliever Route that will improve intra-county mobility for Solano County residents.  The project upgrades a series of narrow local roads to provide a north-south travel route for residents as an alternative to I-80.  The plan proposes a continuous four-lane roadway from the State Route 12 / Walters Road intersection in Suisun City to the I-80 / Leisure Town Road interchange in Vacaville.  The project also includes safety improvements, such as the provision for medians, traffic signals, shoulders, and separated sidewalk. The current City of Vacaville project includes work on Leisure Town Road between Commerce Place and Vanden Road and on Vanden Road between Leisure Town Road and the southern city limit.

      Q.  When was this project approved?

      A. The Jepson Parkway Concept Plan was completed in 2000 by the Solano Transportation Authority. The STA Board approved the Jepson Parkway Memorandum of Understanding between the STA, the County of Solano and the Cities of Fairfield and Vacaville, and the Jepson Parkway Funding Agreement between the STA and the City of Vacaville on May 11, 2011. The City of Vacaville’s current project was awarded to Teichert Construction at the December 13, 2016 city council meeting.

      Q. What parts of Vacaville will be impacted?

      A. Current project limits are on Leisure Town Road between Commerce Place and Vanden Road and on Vanden Road from Leisure Town Road to the southern city limit. 

      Q. When will the work begin?

      A. Work has begun. Road closure impacts will occur from May 1 and continue through December 1. Work will continue throughout the contract duration, scheduled for completion spring 2019.

      Q. Why is this project needed?

      A. The project will provide a comprehensive, innovative, and coordinated multi-modal corridor, linking land use and transportation to support the use of alternative travel modes, and protecting existing and future residential neighborhoods. As planned, the ultimate 12-mile Jepson Parkway project is an I-80 Reliever Route that will improve intra-county mobility for Solano County residents.

      Q. How much will the total project cost?

      A. The total cost of the Jepson Parkway project is estimated to be $185 million. The current Vacaville phase will cost approximately $40 million.

      Q. Which sections of Leisure Town Road will be impacted, and when?

      • Leisure Town Road from south of Elmira Road to north of Alamo Drive -May 1 to Sept. 1.
      • Leisure Town Road from south of Redstone Parkway to Vanden Road – May 1 to Sept. 1.
      • Vanden Road south of Newcastle Drive - upon opening of Leisure Town Road between Vanden Road and Redstone Parkway.
      • The intersection of Elmira Road and Leisure Town Road for approximately 45 days, most likely sometime in August or September.
      • The intersection of Alamo Drive, Fry Road and Leisure Town road for approximately 21 days, most likely in July or August, but NOT at the same time as the Elmira Road and Leisure Town Road intersection closure.
      • Leisure Town Road between Purple Martin Drive and Scarlet Street from June 15 to December 1.
      • Areas of work outside of the mentioned closure limits will require traffic control and reduced speed limits during construction, but will have at least one lane of traffic open at all times.

      Q. Why do you need to close the roads to do this work?

      A. The goal of closing the above listed sections of roadway is to expedite the work and reduce the duration of overall traffic impacts to local residents and surrounding neighborhoods. Without closures, the duration of traffic impacts would extend the length of the project schedule (through spring 2019).

      Q. Will this improve traffic flow on Leisure Town Road?

      A. Leisure Town Road will be upgraded from its current 2-lane configuration to a 4 lane divided arterial.

      Q. Where is the traffic signal being removed, and where are the new signals being added?

      A. The Vanden Road/Leisure Town Road traffic signal will be replaced by a roundabout.

      The project is adding signals at Marshall Road and Redstone Parkway intersections with Leisure Town Road.

      Q. I understand Foxboro Parkway will be extended and connect to Leisure Town Road in the future. Is this correct? When will that take place?

      A. The extension of Foxboro Parkway from Leisure Town Road to Nut Tree Road is a separate project dependent on development of adjacent lands. A connection between Nut Tree Road and the Vanden Road/Leisure Town Road intersection is planned to be constructed by residential development by 2018.

      Q. Where can I get more information?

      A. A page on the City of Vacaville website has more information, including maps, photos, and FAQs. Please visit www.cityofvacaville.com/jepson. A Facebook page will also be set up soon to provide updates and information as the project moves forward. Residents can also call (707) 449-5170 for more information.