The North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project will close a key gap in the local and regional non-motorized transportation network between the Central Marin Ferry Connector (CMFC) and the existing multi-use paths at the intersection of Old Redwood Highway and Wornum Drive. The Gap Closure Project will be delivered in two segments, the Northern Segment and the Southern Segment, which will allow work on the project to begin sooner. The goals of the project include:
- Improve safety and accessibility for all types of non-motorized users.
- Improve connectivity by providing efficient linkage and wayfinding to the Bay Trail, Central Marin Ferry Connector, future SMART Larkspur Rail Station, Larkspur Ferry Terminal, bus transit, and surrounding businesses.
- Protect and provide areas for people to enjoy the Bay and surrounding natural resources.
- Attract and accommodate more pedestrian and bicycle users.
- Minimize impacts on existing parking and encourage alternatives to driving to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and other local destinations.
- Deliver the project quickly and within the existing publicly owned rights-of-way.
In 2016, the County of Marin initiated work on the Southern Segment, which includes the area between Corte Madera Creek and Wornum Drive. Alternative alignment locations being examined for a multi-use pathway in this segment include the existing railroad right-of-way to the south of Corte Madera Creek and Old Redwood Highway. Project construction is anticipated to begin in 2020, following the completion of planning, environmental review, detailed design, and right of way process.
The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) began work on the Northern Segment, which includes the area between the CMFC and the Greenbrae Pedestrian Overcrossing (POC), in early 2015. This segment proposes replacing the existing narrow sidewalk along the U.S. 101 northbound off-ramp with a wider multi-use pathway, and adding a multi-use pathway along a portion of Old Redwood Highway. The planning/environmental review process is well underway, and construction is expected to begin in fall 2017.