On May 30, Harris & Associates attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Civic Center Drive Circulation Improvements Project located in San Rafael, California.
The ceremony began with the County of Marin’s Facilities Planning & Development Manager Patrick Zuroske, who spoke about the successes of the project, acknowledging Harris project manager Jasmine Cuffee and project engineer Kyle Carbert for their contributions and leadership. Marin County District 1 Supervisor Damon Connolly spoke to the various teams’ collaborative efforts which was critical to the project’s success.
As an avid cyclist and user of the campus, Mr. Connolly recapped the numerous multimodal improvements the $6 million project brings such as new sidewalks; buffered bike lanes in both directions; a new two-way bicycle path along the west side of Civic Center Drive; landscaping buffers between the roadway and bicycle path/sidewalks; street lighting and way finding signage. Mr. Connolly praised the project’s sustainable and complete-streets approach, accommodating all users, while incorporating environmentally friendly amenities such as bio-retention areas to treat stormwater runoff, energy-efficient lighting and use of reclaimed water for irrigation.
The Civic Center Drive’s new roundabout, as well as the new pedestrian and bike facilities will now provide seamless and accessible connectivity between the forthcoming Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) station, the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Lagoon Park, governmental offices at the Civic Center and the planned permanent farmer’s market facility for campus visitors.
Harris & Associates was responsible for preparing the design package and coordinating environmental, landscape, traffic, geotechnical, and survey subconsultants, in coordination with the County, the City of San Rafael, Caltrans, SMART, utilities, various transit agencies, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Agricultural Institute of Marin, local environmental groups, the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy and the public.
The public was also able to get a first-hand look at one of the future SMART light rail cars for the SMART new station expected to open late June 2017.