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Third Street Improvement Project – 5/27/2022 weekly update

Posted on May 27, 2022

05.24.22 Photo 1 third street rehab

The City of San Rafael will be sending out weekly project updates with construction updates, traffic closure updates, and other relevant information for this project. To receive these updates, please sign up using the form at the left-hand side of the project website.


NIGHTWORK to resume on Sunday, June 5

Motorists are advised to drive with caution and follow all posted directional signals.

For more information on the upcoming lane shifts and nightwork, please read the update below:

THIS WEEK (May 23 – May 27):

  • Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) waterline service connections installed along Third Street from Lincoln Street to Lindaro Street
  • Completed waterline main tie-ins at Third Street & A Street, Third Street & B Street, and Third Street & C Street
  • Continued potholing to locate existing underground utilities in preparation for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to install the new fiber optic cable to serve the San Rafael Community Center on B Street
  • Installation of conduit by HDD and installation of splice boxes for the new fiber optic cable to the San Rafael Community Center
  • Started the sanitary sewer replacement by open trench method on Second Street at Ida Street
    • Constructed a new manhole
  • Modification to the left turn pocket at Fourth Street and W. Crescent Drive
  • Traffic lanes were shifted on Second Street between Marquard Avenue and Miramar Avenue
    • Water filled traffic barriers were install in this same section of Second Street
  • Excavation for the new retaining wall on the south side of Second Street between E Street and Miramar Avenue

Third Street Improvements 05.24.22 Photo 3

NEXT WEEK (May 31 – June 3):

  • No work will be performed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day
  • Installation of conduit by horizontal directional drilling at the intersection of Third Street & Lootens Place, Third Street & A Street, and Third Street & Brooks Street
    • This will require removing some sections of the sidewalk to excavate boring pits
    • Safe pedestrian walkway will be maintained around these boring pits
  • New waterline main tie-ins will be performed at the intersections of Third Street & Lindaro Street and Third Street & Lootens Place
  • Sanitary sewer rehabilitation:
    • Installation of new sewer pipe, by open trench method, from a manhole at Ida Street and Second Street
    • Trenching for the next two weeks installing sewer pipe in the eastbound lanes of Second Street from Ida Street to Marquard Avenue
  • Drilling piles for the new retaining wall and working in the eastbound curb lane of Second Street between Ida Street and Marquard Avenue
  • Nightwork will resume on June 5, in order to:
    • Pothole to locate existing utilities on Third Street from Lincoln Avenue to Irwin Street
    • Begin waterline installation from San Rafael High School to Irwin Street


  • The posted speed limit is 25 mph for the lane shift on Second Street
    • Motorists should be aware of changed conditions and drive with caution
  • Traffic controls (temporary signs, message boards, traffic cones, delineators and detour signs) will be put in place to direct motorists through the work area
  • Curb parking spaces will be marked “No Parking”
  • There will be intermittent lane closures on Third Street and detours on A Street, B Street, C Street, D Street, and E Street
  • For businesses in this section of Second Street, the City’s contractor, Ghilotti Bros. Inc., will help facilitate deliveries by providing traffic controls and flagging

Click on the map below to go to an interactive map:

may 16 - may 20 2022 third street improvements project map

For more information, visit the project website or contact the City at

Please note: all estimated timelines are tentative and subject to change.

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