May 9, 2011, St. Helena, CA
In an unusual private-public partnership, the first in-roadway lighted crosswalk on a state highway in Napa County -- one of the world’s premier wine country destinations -- has been installed and is now operational. The year-long collaboration, initiated by Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead proprietors Ted, Chris and Laddie Hall and brought to completion by the St. Helena Public Works Department has resulted in a wirelessly operated, solar-powered system that improves safety and pedestrian ease in St. Helena, the heart of the Napa Valley.
“We are so pleased that the crosswalk project is complete,” said Ted Hall. “My family is committed to bringing together our locally and sustainably produced wines, olive oils and food in an easily accessible location where our local community and visiting guests can gather, enjoy, and learn about the best that the Napa Valley has to offer. With the objective of increasing the foot traffic of our residents and safety for our school children, as well as those who work and visit St. Helena, we are able to make a positive impact on our local community.”
The much-anticipated crosswalk -- located on Charter Oak Avenue at Main Street/Highway 29, which runs the length of the Napa Valley -- is one of three wireless installations currently in place on state highways in California’s Bay Area region. The state-of-the-art crosswalk employs cutting-edge green technology in order to improve safety in this highly trafficked wine country destination. Congressman Mike Thompson played a key role by intervening in the permit granting process and emphasizing the project’s importance despite its unusual location crossing a major highway.
The Hall family, who opened Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in December 2009, proposed the crosswalk installation during the review process with the planning commission and city council for its two-and-a-half-acre sustainable food, wine and agricultural center located on Main Street at Charter Oak Avenue in St. Helena. The local gathering place and celebrated Napa Valley destination is anchored by the historic Logan-Ives House at Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead, as well as the popular Farmstead restaurant; wine flavor and vegetable gardens; a seasonal farmers market; Tesoro floral design shop; and a variety of unique event spaces.
After initiating the project and committing $25,000 in funds, Ted Hall worked with John Ferons, Director of Public Works and City Engineer for the City of St. Helena, to execute the plan. In a letter to a team of stakeholders this week, Ferons thanked Assistant Public Works Director Debby Hight, St. Helena’s Streets Department, Congressman Mike Thompson and Hall for their collaborative teamwork in achieving permit approval and the installation of the crosswalk.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is located at 738 Main Street in St. Helena. The historic Logan-Ives House at Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Farmstead restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.LongMeadowRanch.com.
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About Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead
Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is a sustainable food, wine and agricultural center located in St. Helena, the heart of the Napa Valley. A local gathering place and Napa Valley destination, the multi-use location is anchored by the historic Logan-Ives House at Long Meadow Ranch Winery, as well as Farmstead restaurant, wine flavor and vegetable gardens, a seasonal farm stand, a floral design shop, and a variety of unique event spaces.
This exciting destination offers an array of experiences for lovers of local food and wines, including distinctive full-circle farming tours, wine and estate olive oil tastings, and paired lunch offerings; fresh farm-to-table dining; private ranch excursions; customized event venues and services; and engaging educational experiences that underscore Long Meadow Ranch’s time-honored motto of “Excellence through Responsible Farming.”
Bolstered by the belief and dedicated practices that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods, Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides, and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is located at 738 Main Street in St. Helena. The historic Logan-Ives House is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Farmstead restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.longmeadowranch.com.
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