California Road Diet Watch: San Rafael’s Third Street overhaul enters design phase

A plan to renovate San Rafael’s Third Street, which is among the most heavily trafficked roads in Marin, calls for widening sidewalks, narrowing driving lanes, resurfacing the road and creating a bike path.

After a $300,000 study of the project’s feasibility, which was completed this year, San Rafael is poised to move forward with the renovation plans. The City Council on Monday approved a $926,000 contract with a consulting firm, CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc., to design the project and assess its environmental impacts.

The city hopes to break ground on the project in the summer of 2021, according to Public Works Director Bill Guerin. He estimates the construction will take at least a year, causing major traffic delays in some cases.

“The street itself will be torn up,” Guerin said. “We’ll do everything we can to keep traffic flowing and keep two lanes open, but there will be times when traffic is disrupted.”