Marin County bicyclists have dreamed of a multi-use pathway

For years Marin County bicyclists have dreamed of a multi-use pathway connecting from Baltimore Park (on the Heritage Trail) in Larkspur to the Larkspur Ferry Building. A pathway has already been constructed from Baltimore Park to Wornum Dr. on the old NPCRR right-of-way where it ends short of its goal. The gap between Wornum and Corte Madera Creek is owned by Sonoma Marin Rail Transit (SMART) which may wish to use it in the future. The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and SMART have finally executed an agreement to construct the missing link of the trail on SMART property under the condition that SMART may remove the trail if in the future it needs the property. This is unlikely because SMART has no plans to extend south and west. So this is a victory for the bicycle community, will make bicycle commuting and touring easier and make both SMART and the Larkspur Ferry more accessible to bicyclists. This will enhance SMART ridership at the new SMART station presently under construction at Larkspur Landing.

On May 20 of 2016 Larkspur opened a pedestrian/bicycel bridge from the SMART Larkspur Landing station across Sir Francis Drake Blvd. This  connoted the bike path to the Larkspur Ferry.

It did not, however, extend across Corte Madera Creek where a historic rail drawbridge now stands.  Hopefully the old bridge will remain as a historical monument with a new bridge nearby.

This new TAM bike path will extend across Corte Matera Creek, down SMART right-of-way connecting to the Larkspur-Corte Madera Path.   The construction is being funded with Regional Measure 2 money allocated by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.


Update on County Bridge Programs

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.

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Funds to add SMART service from San Rafael to Larkspur

A government agency has committed $4 million dollars to add  a 1.6-mile stretch  SMART service from San Rafael to Larkspur.  It will close a crucial gap in the North-South Greenway providing an opportunity for commuters who bike and walk. It’s also an important part of Safe Routes to Schools.”

Transportation Authority of Marin officials said they would prioritize the southern bike-way segment in applying for future grant opportunities. A state bridge toll increase plan will likely go to voters in June.

State Funds Allocated to Ross Valley Flood Project

Tony Williams
Principal Civil Engineer
Public Works

$7.6 million grant will ensure progress for Corte Madera Creek plan

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors has taken the next step toward formally reallocating a $7.6 million California Department of Water Resources grant to the Corte Madera Creek Flood Risk Management Project. The amount represents more than half of the estimated $13.5 million cost of the project’s first phase.

A concrete water channel alongside Frederick Allen Park in Ross.

The allocation is part of a process that began in June 2017 with the Ross Valley Flood Control Zone 9 Advisory Board recommending the shift of the state funds from a potential Phoenix Lake project, which was deemed infeasible because of costs and other restrictions associated with the grant, to the planned project. A revised state grant agreement reflecting the change is expected to be presented at the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors in May.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the lead agency for the overall project, which will be separated into two phases. Facilitated by the state funding, the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, which is the acting local agency in partnership with the project’s federal agency, will continue to work with USACE on the state and federal environmental compliance.

The release of the draft project environmental document is anticipated in June 2018, followed by a 45-day public comment period. Two public meetings will be scheduled, one focused on a project update and open dialog with the community, and another during the public comment period to collect input on potential environmental effects. Information on the project status, schedule and how to provide comments will be shared on the Ross Valley Flood Protection & Watershed Program website. The final environmental document is scheduled to be released in December 2018.

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