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For Immediate Release
November 30, 2016

New Civic Center Drive Roundabout to Open

Traffic flow changes as Civic Center Drive project moves toward completion

San Rafael, CA – An intersection on Civic Center Drive near the Marin County Civic Center is going circular on December 1 as vehicular traffic will flow through a new roundabout for the first time.

A view from a nearby hilltop shows the nearly completed roundabout intersection.Driving around the new roundabout might take some drivers a little practice before they become used to it.

The Civic Center Drive Improvement Project in San Rafael, overseen by the Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW), officially moves into its next phase when the roundabout at Civic Center Drive and the junction of Peter Behr Drive/Memorial Drive makes its debut.

Crews will close previously installed bypass roads through an adjacent vacant lot and shift the traffic between the roundabout and nearby Avenue of the Flags. DPW anticipates that work on the east side of the corridor, primarily the stretch adjacent to the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium parking lot, will begin December 1 as well.

“With the roundabout opening up to traffic, we are seeing the next phases of the project really take shape,” said Patrick Zuroske, DPW Capital Projects Division Manager. “While there is still much work to be done, it is exciting to reach this milestone.”

The remaining construction will require periodic closures of Avenue of the Flags to complete work in and around the intersection with Civic Center Drive. Closures will be short term and only during daytime hours. However, to avoid unnecessary delays, Zuroske encouraged visitors to the Marin Center complex to use Memorial Drive as an exit point when leaving Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium.

Similar work is being conducted slightly north at the Civic Center Drive and McInnis Parkway intersection, necessitating a temporary closure of the right turn lane on McInnis. The closure will last approximately one week.

In early December, work will begin on the north and south side of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) tracks to construct two medians as part of “quiet zone” improvements. The lanes crossing the train tracks will shift to the west to make room for the new construction area.

Zuroske said the construction activities throughout the corridor will be extensive over the next two months. Travelers should anticipate periodic closures to pedestrian access and vehicle access at certain points within the construction zone. DPW asks that anyone moving through the corridor uses caution and demonstrates patience as crews work toward project completion.

On DPW’s website, residents can find a video that summarizes the improvement project, an animated simulation of how the roundabout will work, an overhead map of the area, an overview about the effectiveness of roundabouts from the federal government, and many other documents. 


Patrick Zuroske
Facilities Planning and Development Manager
Department of Public Works

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 304
San Rafael, CA 94913
(415) 473-2298
CRS Dial 711
Email: Patrick Zuroske