For Immediate ReleaseJuly 24, 2018
Federal funds to be used to make safety improvements to popular mountain road
San Rafael, CA – Panoramic Highway, with breathtaking mountaintop views, is a popular route for residents and visitors alike to access a variety of iconic Marin destinations, such as Stinson Beach and Muir Woods. In an ongoing commitment to improve road safety, the Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) will be replacing 1,150 feet of guardrail, as well as adding an additional 300 feet, along the scenic roadway. The stretch being addressed is between milepost 6.7 and 8.8, near Stinson Beach. The project is anticipated to begin on August 1 and is expected to be finished by mid-August.
Federal grant funding through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) will pay for 88.53 percent of the estimated $203,900 project, which is approximately $180,500. The remaining 11.47 percent will come from the County’s Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Fund.
The federal funding makes it possible to more efficiently address priority safety projects, a process which is based on collision data reports from the California Highway Patrol. In addition to the Panoramic Highway guardrail project, there are three other key projects that will benefit from HSIP funding over the next couple years: Lucas Valley Road’s hairpin turn at milepost 5.08; skid-resistant paving on one mile of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near White’s Hill; and a comprehensive safety signage assessment across unincorporated Marin. HSIP will cover $2.93 million of the estimated $3.31 million for the three projects, and the difference will be met by the County’s Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Fund. HSIP has also announced about $1.5 million in additional funding for other Marin County guardrail projects that are scheduled to be funded and completed over the next two to three years.
Eric MillerPrincipal Civil EngineerPublic Works
3501 Civic Center Drive.San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6354Email: Eric MillerPublic Works website