Update from Kate – Strawberry Seminary Interchange Improvements

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Strawberry Community Update:
Appearing Soon - Seminary Interchange Improvements  

The Seminary Drive intersection at Highway 101 will offer easier and safer access thanks to intersection and roadway improvements coming soon. Having gained approval by Caltrans, the project improvements will be out to bid shortly and construction is set to begin in the Fall of 2015.  

The Seminary interchange project encompasses the intersection for the northbound (Seminary Drive) off ramp to Redwood Highway frontage road and the northbound on ramp to Highway 101.  Accident history at this location revealed that drivers needed better direction to proceed through the intersection safely. Residents, patrons and visitors to Strawberry Village and frontage road businesses will soon see a host of improvements.

The roadway will be paved with new asphalt and intersection striping will be added and refreshed to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.  Approaching the intersection from the north, a dedicated 4-foot wide bike lane for southbound Redwood frontage road cyclists will be added and crosswalk striping will be repainted to align with newly installed ADA curb ramps.  Realignment of the vehicle lanes south of the intersection will allow for bike lanes in both directions.  Traffic signal hardware and lighting will be upgraded and signal timing will be optimized for the new intersection configuration.  An audible pedestrian signal will be installed along with new pedestrian push buttons to make crossing safer.

The County Department of Public Works has already taken steps to enhance bicycle access and safety by restricting parking along the Redwood Highway frontage road south of the DeSilva Island entry. This restriction extended an existing red curb (no parking zone) an additional 320 feet (highlighted in a graphic provided in the attached flyer) and removed 13 parking spaces, of which only 4 to 6 spaces were being used.  Flyers were placed on windshields informing drivers of this planned change, and with no opposition, the County moved ahead with these improvements.

Thanks to everyone for supporting these roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Each incremental improvement helps us achieve a more connected community. Please share this update with others in the community, especially families with children attending Mill Valley Middle or Tamalpais High School, who may wish to know about these roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Let me know what you think about these changes by writing me at ksears@marincounty.org

 

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