The sidewalk project is funded by a federal grant that focuses on pedestrian and bicycle safety. Since the sidewalk project created a wider facility for pedestrians and bicycles to be off the street, the roadway resurfacing is not an eligible expense. The resurfacing project is funded by State Bill 1 gas tax.
FAQ Topic: Francisco Blvd. East Sidewalk Improvement Project
Yes, this path will connect with the recently completed Grand Avenue bridge. The intent is to improve pedestrian and bicycle access from the Canal neighborhoods to downtown San Rafael.
Some of the parallel parking will be temporarily inaccessible during construction, but there will be no elimination of existing parking spaces along the frontages.
No, businesses and resident’s utility hookups will not be disrupted during construction.
If any of the privately-owned infrastructure is within the Francisco Blvd East right-of-way and are in the way of the new sidewalk, they will likely need to be moved onto private property or eliminated. The City will work with property owners where this is necessary to achieve an amicable solution
Yes. The construction will likely be completed in short phases along the ¾ mile long stretch, rather than all at once.
No. The new sidewalk will be entirely within the Francisco Blvd East right-of-way.