Vallejo widening Admiral Callaghan Lane
- Published Wednesday, August 24, 2005, in the Vallejo Times-Herald
Vallejo wants to unclog Callaghan
By Chris G. Denina
Highway 37 isn't the only Vallejo road getting a makeover.
City officials plan to fix up Admiral Callaghan Lane as well. On
Tuesday, the City Council approved matters related to improving the
road from Redwood Parkway to Rotary Way and from Tennessee to Henry
The changes may not be as dramatic as the new Highway 37 overpass,
which gives motorists a nonstop path through Vallejo, but travelers
along a busy section of Admiral Callaghan Lane should get some relief
from heavy, slow traffic.
"It gets pretty backed up during rush hour," City Engineer Gary Leach
said Tuesday before the council meeting.
The projects are still in the early stages, but construction on the
stretch near Henry Street could begin as early as next summer, Leach
That's a relief to Cheryl Garcia of Vallejo. She was doing laundry in
the Safeway shopping center near Admiral Callaghan Lane and Redwood
Parkway during Tuesday's evening commute.
"It's OK, but it's dangerous," Garcia said, noting that the
intersections and freeway off-ramps on that stretch of Admiral
Callaghan are poorly laid out.
From Redwood Parkway to Rotary Way, crews would overhaul the design of
two intersections where motorists exit the freeway.
The council OK'd a fee increase for a consulting firm to design such
fixes as modifying the off-ramps. SNG & Associates Inc. of Pleasanton
tripled its original estimate to about $75,000.
"How could we have been so far off?" Councilmember Joanne Schivley
asked at Tuesday's meeting.
Caltrans was supposed to help with the project but backed out because
of a state budget crunch, driving up the costs for the city, said
About $463,000 is budgeted for the work.
From Tennessee to Henry streets, workers would repave the cracked
road. The council approved earmarking about $41,000 in gas taxes to
match a $315,000 federal grant the city wants to pay for the project.
Leon Singleton of Vallejo told the council it should extend repairs to
other areas of Admiral Callaghan Lane, especially closer to Georgia
Street. "Certain times of night, it's dangerous," Singleton said.
City officials propose several major changes to Admiral Callaghan Lane
near Redwood Parkway. Interstate 80 motorists exiting the freeway
eastbound at Redwood Parkway can only turn right at the bottom of the
ramp. Plans call for allowing cars to continue north onto Admiral
During busy commute times, traffic often gets clogged at the off-ramp
to westbound Redwood Street. Plans include making the exit
right-turn-only and adding a second lane. Officials say that should
allow cars to directly merge onto Admiral Callaghan lane and ease the
The road is just too busy, the city's Leach said. In recent years,
the intersections have become a major access route to the growing
number of stores and homes in the area. The road needs updating, he
"There's just too much going on there," Leach said. "We're trying to
eliminate a lot of that."
E-mail Chris G. Denina at cdenina@... or call 553-6835