County Bridge Program
The County has received approximately $15 million in federal funding, Highway Bridge Program Funds, to replace five bridges and rehabilitate another in various parts of Marin County. The funding is administered through the Caltrans Local Assistance Program.
These federal grant funds will be used to conduct environmental studies, perform public outreach, secure permits, perform right-of-way services, develop engineering plans, and to construct each of these bridges.
For more information please visit the project websites:
- Mountain View Road Bridge is located in Lagunitas over San Geronimo Creek at the intersection of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Visit the project web page for more information.
- Nicasio Valley Road Bridge is located over Arroyo Nicasio Creek near the intersection with Lucas Valley Road. Visit the project web page for more information.
- Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Bridge is located in Point Reyes Station over Olema Creek just west of State Highway 1. Visit the project web page for more information.
- Muir Woods Road Bridge is located over Redwood Creek near the main entrance to Muir Woods National Monument. Visit the project web page for more information.
- San Antonio Bridge is located in northernmost Novato over San Antonio Creek at the Marin-Sonoma County line. Visit the project web page for more information.
- Mt. Lassen Drive Bridge is located in Marinwood over Miller Creek near the intersection with Lucas Valley Road. Visit the project web page for more information.
Mill Valley – Sausalito Pathway Project (East Blithedale to Almonte)
The popular Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway was constructed more than 30 years ago and has never had a significant pavement upgrade. With federal grant money in hand, the County of Marin plans to lay a fresh coat of smooth asphalt and make accessibility improvements on almost a mile of the pathway by late 2017.
For more information please visit the project web page.
Muir Woods Road Improvements in Muir Woods National Monument
The County has been approved for over $5.2M in grant funds for the resurfacing and rehabilitation of 2.48 miles of Muir Woods Road through the Muir Woods National Monument to State Route 1 in Muir Beach. This stretch of Muir Woods Road is the only roadway providing access to the Muir Woods National Monument. This project will improve both safety and function for 2.48 miles on this roadway through pavement rehabilitation, road stabilization, drainage improvements, roadway widening, and improved signage and striping. The County’s local match contribution is $676K. This project is being led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with construction as early as 2019.
For more information on the project including specifics relating to the environmental process please visit the National Park Service webpage below:
Muir Woods and Frank Valley Roads Parking Restrictions & Muir Woods National Monument Reservations
The County of Marin is working with the National Parks Service (NPS) on parking restrictions along Muir Wood and Frank Valley roads, and parking restriction associated with the reservation system for Muir Woods National Monument. A 2015 Memorandum of Understanding detailed the management of parking, access, and implementation of a NPS reservation system.
The NPS is handling the parking reservation system that would support management of visitation to levels that meet park goals for safety, natural resource preservation, visitor experience, and public access. The reservation system is intended to be a long-term measure that will allow the park to work with visitors in advance of their arrival so that congestion, and its related impacts, can be minimized and the quality of the experience enhanced. NPS is also enhancing the Muir Woods Shuttle program to support access to the national monument. Parking restrictions through bollards and no parking zones have been implemented along Frank Valley Road and additional restrictions may be initiated to support the reservation system implementation.
A public meeting will be hosted by NPS on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, to discuss the progress on the Muir Woods parking and shuttle reservation system, which are expected to begin service in early 2018.
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North/South Greenway Gap Closure Project
In coordination with TAM, SMART, Caltrans, the City of Larkspur, and Town of Corte Madera the County plans to implement one of two TAM sponsored projects that will close a key gap in the local and regional non-motorized transportation network between the Central Marin Ferry Connector (CMFC) and the existing multi-use paths at the intersection of Old Redwood Highway and Wornum Drive.
The project is funded using Regional Measure 2 (RM2) funding, which is a result of the voter approved $1.00 toll increase of the seven state-owned toll bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Marin County Department of Public Works is managing this project in coordination with TAM, SMART, the City of Larkspur and Town of Corte Madera.
The project consists of two separate and distinct projects. The "Northern Segment" will join the Central Marin Ferry Connector Path to a new multi-use path over Corte Madera Creek using the east side of the Caltrans Northbound Highway 101 highway structure to connect with Old Redwood Highway. This project will be led and managed by TAM.
The "Southern Segment" project, which is led and managed by the County of Marin, will connect to the "Northern Segment" at Old Redwood Highway and will cross over to the levee path and will continue south down to connect to the existing paths at Wornum Drive.
The County initiated work on the Southern Segment project in 2015. The project includes a topographic survey, collection of information and data, seeking public input on concerns and suggestions for improvements, design of construction plans, right-of-way easement acquisition, associated environmental review and construction.
Visit the project web page for more information and to sign up for project notifications.
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Improvements in Point Reyes National Seashore
The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), in cooperation with Marin County and the National Park Service (NPS), announces the availability for public review and comment of the Supplemental Environmental Assessment/Subsequent Initial Study (SEA/SIS) for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Road Improvements. The SEA/SIS meets CFLHD's obligations as the lead agency for this project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Marin County's obligations under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The Supplemental Environmental Assessment/Subsequent Initial Study (SEA/SIS) with proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Improvement Project is available for public review and comment from June 19, 2018 to July 18, 2018.
The Subsequent Environmental Assessment with Finding of No Significant Impact and Supplemental Initial Study with Mitigated Negative Declaration is available here.
- Environmental Subsequent Study – PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN NOW
- Finalize Mitigation Plans & Permits – Summer 2018
- PG&E Pole Relocation Construction – Fall 2018
- Advertise Project – Winter 2018/19
- Begin Construction – Spring 2019
- Complete Construction – Fall 2020
Marin County was awarded $17.7 million in federal funds through the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) for improvements to approximately 12 miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Point Reyes National Seashore (the Seashore) in Marin County. As part of the FLAP requirements, the County of Marin is also contributing approximately $2 million in additional local funds. The FLAP is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The purpose of the proposed improvements is to restore the structural integrity of the road and enhance safety for all users while reducing ongoing maintenance requirements. Pavement along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Seashore is deteriorating and badly oxidized, heavily patched, lacks shoulder support, and some sections have significant cracking and edge damage. Seasonal flooding of the creek near Schooner Bay can close the road to traffic for several days. Raising and realigning this short segment of the road has been proposed to help prevent annual flooding and minimize wetland impacts in the area where the adjacent tributary channel has aggraded and is now nearly at the same elevation as the road. The proposed improvements would address these issues through new asphalt pavement, new striping and signs, replacement of two cattle under-crossings, replacement of cross culverts, and implementation of other safety features to meet current design standards.
FHWA, in cooperation with Marin County and the National Park Service (NPS), is conducting a planning and environmental review process in conformance with both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As a result of the NEPA and CEQA process, a joint EA/IS was prepared that analyzed these improvements to the road and was distributed for public review in July 2015. A Finding of No Significant Impact/Mitigated Negative Declaration (FONSI/MND) was issued in August 2015, Download EA/IS.
Since issuance of the 2015 FONSI/MND, improvements have been proposed and evaluated under this SEA/SIS include replacing the existing culverts under SFDB and Schooner Creek with a single-span bridge, and restoring and stabilizing approximately 710 feet of SFDB that has severely eroded. To compensate for permanent wetland impacts as a result of roadway improvements, part of the parking lot at the Drakes Beach would be restored to a wetland, and two ponds would be constructed within Home Ranch to provide California red-legged frog aquatic breeding habitat. Actions at Drakes Beach and Home Ranch extend beyond the original study area analyzed in 2015. The joint SEA/SIS has been developed to meet FHWA’s obligations as the lead agency under NEPA and Marin County’s obligations as the lead agency under CEQA.
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation (Highway 101 to Ross)
The County has received funding to rehabilitate and make improvements to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Highway 101 and the Ross town limits. The project involves analysis of existing conditions, public outreach, identification of potential improvements, and selection of a preferred alternative followed by finalized design and then construction. Visit the project web page for more information and to sign up for project notifications.
The Central Marin Ferry Connection and Multiuse Pathway Project
The Central Marin Ferry Connection Multi-Use Pathway Project (CMFCP) will create a new multi-modal path providing a safer and more direct connection between the Cal Park Hill Multi-Use Pathway to the north and the existing path along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (SFDB) to the south with an elevated crossing over the roadway. The CMFCP will be a vital transportation facility providing access to bus and ferry transit facilities, schools, recreational opportunities, business and retail centers, and residential communities.
For more information please go to the project web site: www.marinferryconnection.com.
MERA (Marin Emergency Radio Authority) Next Generation System
(Note: This is not an active project, it is currently undergoing a required environmental review process.) The Next Gen System would update MERA’s current communications network ‘backbone’ to utilize new radio frequencies in the 700MHz band to comply with an FCC mandate that public agency radio systems (including MERA) vacate the 480MHz, UHF (T-band) frequencies currently utilized. The Next Gen system would also utilize Project 25 (P25) technology to provide improved public service and emergency radio coverage within the County of Marin. The Next Generation System will improve regional and wide-area conversations between dispatch operators and mobile units operating throughout most of Marin County. Individual cities and member agencies share this common backbone for compartmentalized communication links and inter-departmental group communications. The backbone is shared, but retains autonomous operation within agencies. This structure allows greater cooperation for public safety while preserving local sovereignty.
For more information, please go to the MERA webpage.