City: New North Napa Shopping Center Won't Snarl Traffic

A city traffic study says east-west traffic on Trancas won't be affected by the Napa Crossing shopping center, now under construction between California Boulevard and California Way.

With the shopping center now under construction across the street from , it may seem hard to believe that traffic on Trancas Street won't be affected.

But according to the city’s , which did a traffic study before the approved Napa Crossing, the new retail plaza won't add to traffic congestion on the major east-west thoroughfare.

That's because there will be no vehicle access to the shopping center from Trancas Street:

"In an effort to improve traffic conditions at the intersection, the developer will remove existing driveways on the south side of Trancas, eliminating potential conflicts with eastbound travelers heading through the intersection,” said senior civil engineer Jason B. Holley.

Instead, shoppers will access Napa Crossings from new driveways on California Boulevard, Permanente Way or California Way.

In addition, the northbound approach of California Boulevard will include two dedicated left-turn lanes going west on Trancas and a dedicated right-turn lane onto eastbound Trancas.

-bound cars going north on California Boulevard will have a dedicated lane straight into one of the city’s busiest .

Congestion into itself will likely continue as long as the older shopping center has its bottleneck where traffic squeezes from two lanes to one, according to Scott Klingbeil, a senior planner for the city.

’s property manager Craig Semmelmeyer was not available for comment for this story.

Klingbeil said while the California-Trancas-Bel Aire intersection might not be the busiest in the city, "it is probably among the top five.”

Napans shopping at last week had mixed reactions to the prospect of the new shopping center and attendant traffic changes.

“It seems traffic and parking is more organized now than before,” said Sandra Rogers, sitting outside .

“I don’t have a problem with the new shopping center across the street,” said Rogers.

Shopper Helen Brenzel takes the opposite view.

“I think the traffic is terrible," Brenzel said, adding that she believes it will only get worse with the new shopping center adding to the existing traffic mess.

“Where are they going to let the cars park?" Brenzel asked about the future shopping center.

She blames for the increased traffic and parking problem. “They take up too much space.”

Brenzel would have liked to have seen smaller, specialty boutiques in the space anchored by Whole Foods.

But she admits she likes visiting the busy shopping center because she enjoys people watching.

Leasing agent Cornish & Carey’s website said construction at Napa Crossing is underway for two chain restaurants, Chipotle and Habit Burger and four other chains: the Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, Sleep Train and Verizon.

Valerie Holmes August 20, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Traffic is horrible on Trancas. And seriously? Chevy's, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, etc are horrible. There are much better local eateries and I just moved here a week ago. I think one of the biggest problems is that the driveway into the Bel Aire plaze merges from two lanes into one almost immediately and that causes a huge back up. Traffic on the 29 overpass is a whole different story. People block the intersection constantly crossing Solano right there. It's so annoying...
Larry Cereghino August 20, 2011 at 04:29 AM
yes the traffice is bad going into Bel aire..growing up as a kid bel aire was a Quiet shopping center..them days are gone..And now we have the center going in now.. at least it will create a few jobs ........ ok can I have the olive garden..get tired of driving to Vallejo to eat... mybe in south napa project we will get some of these place's ,more land to build on..
Larry Cereghino August 20, 2011 at 04:31 AM
thats a great idea...
Jeanine Calvert August 20, 2011 at 02:50 PM
I am skeptical that traffic won't be affected. It can take almost 15 minutes as it is to traverse Trancas from Jefferson to Solano in bad traffic. Can we PLEASE get sensor lights at Solano/Redwood intersection so people aren't backed up on the tracks while you watch a car coming from the opposite direction over half a mile away make the light?
Larry Cereghino August 20, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Yes..this will be grid lock... at 400pm jefferson to trancas.... calif blvd to trancas...and no where to go... think I ll shop at 900 am


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