Second Phase of Paving to Begin in Southern Marin

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Phase one construction on Belvedere Drive during Summer 2018 (County of Marin Department of Public Works file photo).

Three roads in Strawberry to be improved in continuation of 2018 project

Three roads in the Straw­berry neighborhood of south­ern Marin will be repaved and improved as part of the Marin County Department of Public Works’ (DPW) summer pav­ing program. This is the second phase of a paving project for Strawberry that was initiated in summer 2018. This phase will begin late August and is esti­mated at $1.59 million.

A total of 0.8 miles of road­way will be repaved on Bel­vedere Drive, Carlotta Circle and Clotilda Court. The work on Belvedere Drive will be from Reed Boulevard to East Strawberry Drive; Carlotta Circle from Reed Boulevard back around to Reed Boule­vard; and Clotilda Court from Carlotta Circle to the end of the street. Construction on Car­lotta Circle and Clotilda Court will begin in late August, while work on Belvedere Drive will begin shortly after Labor Day. The project is expected to be completed by mid-November.

Currently the roads are showing signs of base-level failures, extensive weather­ing and pavement cracking. The planned improvements include full-width repav­ing, sidewalk improvements, accessibility and safety up­grades, improved traffic strip­ing and signage, and drainage enhancements. The planned work on these roads is a con­tinuation of the work that be­gan in 2018, which needed to be rescheduled due to unfavor­able weather conditions for the necessary paving materials.

Construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on week­days. The work will require temporary periods of single-lane access, during which the traffic flow will be controlled by flaggers. Towards the end of the project, intermittent road closures might be required to finalize the paving.

The improvement project will be covered by the Coun­ty’s Road and Bridge Reha­bilitation Fund, which has been strengthened by Califor­nia Senate Bill 1 (SB1) fund­ing. The increase in funding makes it possible to address more projects, such as this one in Strawberry, earlier than nor­mally possible.

DPW is conducting three other significant paving proj­ects this summer: Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near White’s Hill; the Sleepy Hollow neigh­borhood in central Marin; and the Homestead Valley area in southern Marin. By more efficiently curtailing deteriora­tion of the County-maintained roads, DPW will save money in the long run by minimizing the need for more expensive rehabilitation projects.

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 percent of the community 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.

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