San Rafael, CA – A half-mile section of Miller Creek Road, located in the Marinwood region between San Rafael and Novato, will receive a series of accessibility and drainage improvements later this summer.
This crosswalk across Miller Creek Road is among those targeted for renovation this summer.
The Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) will address the stretch of Miller Creek Road from Lucas Valley Road to Queenstone Drive with various upgrades that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes sidewalk and crosswalk improvements such as eight ADA curb ramps, six ADA “bulb-outs” (curb extensions at crosswalks), and three median island adjustments for improved pedestrian path of travel.
In addition to the accessibility upgrades, various drainage improvements will be made, including related curb and gutter work to help with water flow during storm events. Pavement patchwork will be conducted as needed to maintain the roadway quality following the range of planned work.
The project is expected to start in mid-September and take an estimated eight weeks to complete. Construction work will take place weekdays during daytime hours. There may be intermittent lane closures, but the road will remain open at all times with traffic control. Every effort will be made to provide advanced notice and minimize disturbance to the residents in the area.
The estimated $340,000 project is being funding by $205,825 grant from Measure A’s Safe Pathways to School initiative. The remaining funding will come from the County’s Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Program.
Improving roadway conditions across unincorporated areas of Marin is an ongoing commitment of the County and one of the top priorities for the Board of Supervisors. This goal was further underlined by the 2018 countywide Resident Survey, in which 91% of residents identified infrastructure improvements, including road work, as their top priority.
Which roads get addressed during any given paving season is based on an evolving list that is prioritized by a complex variety of factors. Some considerations are the particular year’s funding allotment, permit availability, scheduling requirements, coordination with other projects and/or agencies, and each roadway’s pavement condition score. Each year, DPW aims to improve a balance of local, arterial and collector roads.