For Immediate ReleaseDecember 15, 2015
Federal money to be used on stretches of rural roads
San Rafael, CA – The federal government has awarded the County of Marin $3.2 million in grants under its Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and the money is targeted for improved signage on several roads and construction upgrades on rural stretches of Lucas Valley Road, Panoramic Highway and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
The four projects are:
Preliminary engineering and environmental review for the projects will begin in spring 2016, and project construction is scheduled to start in summer 2018.
Robert Goralka, a County Principal Civil Engineer, said the new HSIP grant allocation is a substantial increase in the amount Marin has received in previous years. Over the past seven years, the County had received $615,000 through the HSIP program for road safety improvement projects.
“The HSIP grants are an essential funding source,” he said. “They enable us to provide road safety improvements at locations with high collision rates that would not be possible with just local monies.”
Recent County-funded projects include: a guardrail on Point Reyes Petaluma Road near Nicasio Valley Road; a guardrail and curve warning speed feedback signs on East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near San Quentin State Prison; and intersection improvements at the Redwood Frontage Road/De Silva Island Court/Highway 101 southbound onramp and offramp in Strawberry.
In the interest of safety, the Marin County Board of Supervisors has made road and infrastructure upgrades a high priority in recent years. Since 2006, DPW has invested $50 million in roads to improve pavement quality and safety. It resurfaced 50 percent of County-maintained roads (423 miles) and boosted the Pavement Condition Index from 50 to 60, but an index of 60 is only considered “fair.” DPW proposes to resurface another 31 percent of its most-used roads (261 miles) before 2020.
Dan DawsonInterim Transportation Planning & Traffic Division ManagerPublic Works
3501 Civic Center Drive.#304San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6287Email: Dan DawsonDPW website