Highway 37 meeting planned for Tuesday

Highway 37
Mark Prado

The State Route 37 Sears Point to Mare Island Improvement Project will be the subject of a public hearing set for Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Here's the link to join the meeting:

Caltrans has initiated a public review period and is conducting the virtual public meeting for the proposed project in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.

The four alternatives proposed consider a range of lane configurations, including: One that converts existing shoulders to create a three-lane facility to provide part-time, peak hour congestion relief; one that provides a three-lane facility by installing a movable median barrier for peak hour directional congestion relief; a full-time, four-lane facility with 4-foot shoulders; and a full-time, four-lane facility with 8-foot shoulders.

Highway 37 cuts through delicate wetlands but also provides a critical link between the Bay Area's northern counties. About 47,000 vehicles a day use the 21-mile highway that skirts the northern shore of San Pablo Bay, delivering commuters and goods.

But climate change is already affecting the highway and flooding on the roadway caused its closure for 28 days in 2017. Traffic backups also continue to vex the corridor. A team approach has been developed to address the concerns. 


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