County of Marin - News Releases - Pathway Widening

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2016

Upgrades Coming to Popular Creek Pathway

Wider path in lower Ross Valley to allow for safer passing by all

San Rafael, CA – About a quarter-mile of the popular Corte Madera Creek Multiuse Pathway will be widened this summer thanks to grant funding secured by the County of Marin.

The south end of the Corte Madera Creek Multiuse Pathway.The south end of the Corte Madera Creek Multiuse Pathway.
The reconstruction project will take place on the existing pathway from the College of Marin parking lot in Kentfield north to the Ross town limit at the Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital. About 1,400 feet of the pathway, which parallels the Corte Madera Creek channel, will be widened from 6 feet to 10 feet and include an unpaved 2-foot-wide shoulder on one side.

Several mature trees and hedges will need to be removed to make room for the widened path, but new landscaping and tree plantings have been incorporated into design plans as well.

The County’s Department of Public Works received a Recreational Trails Program grant to fund the project, and construction is likely to be approved in April once bids are received. Construction is expected to last 50 days and begins June 13, 2016, to prevent inconveniences for students from local schools. The pathway will be fully closed for 25 days because of construction hazards and should be reopened by mid-August. After project completion, pedestrians, dog walkers and bicyclists will be able to pass each other more safely on a wider pathway.

With smooth asphalt and a rebuilt wooden ramp, the project will result in a more accessible pathway for those with physical challenges. In the spirit of full participation and inclusion, the Marin County Board of Supervisors and all County departments have committed to maximizing access to all its programs, services and activities and architectural and pedestrian right-of-way accessibility for all residents and visitors. Learn more on the County’s Disability Access webpage.


Ernest Klock
Assistant Director
Public Works

3501 Civic Center Drive.
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6552
Email: Ernest Klock
Public Works website