By Bay City News Service:
After a year and a half of construction, Marin County officials gathered Thursday to celebrate the completion of 5.4 miles of repairs and
upgrades to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
The road, Marin County's most direct east-west link and a heavily
used access route for tourists visiting the Golden Gate National Recreational
Seashore, Point Reyes and the coast, has been under construction since August
2012, county officials said.
The project was divided into three phases to help deal with
difficult terrain and environmental concerns along the roadway, which passes
through habitat for the northern spotted owl, California red-legged frog, the
western pond turtle, coho salmon and steelhead trout, officials said.
The first phase involved the repair of a slide and the
construction of a 212-foot retaining wall.
The second phase included pavement
repairs on 1.5 miles of roadway from Shafter Bridge to Irving Bridge in
Samuel P. Taylor State Park.
The third phase, starting in June 2013, included 3.9 miles of
repairs to pavement and more than 60 storm drains, and was completed in
A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the completion of
repairs on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the group picnic area in Samuel P. Taylor
State Park in Lagunitas.
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