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Miller Avenue Construction Begins - June 2016

Posted Date: 6/13/2016

The widely anticipated construction on Miller Avenue starts this week. A Groundbreaking Reception at 10am on Tuesday, June 21 will serve as the official kick-off of an anticipated 18-month construction project intended to repair infrastructure and improve multi-modal functions on Miller Avenue, including addressing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities, providing better transit access, and improving motorist safety. The City would like to acknowledge the significant public input to create a design with wide public support. 

“We know that Miller Avenue is in bad shape and in need of repair, and we are eager to overhaul one of our community’s major roadways” Mayor John McCauley said. “We have worked with community members for years to make a significant investment in our City’s infrastructure. This project will include bicycle and pedestrian improvements, improving and repairing sewers, sidewalks, and pavement, as well as storm drains and installing new landscaping and rain gardens. When this project is finished, our community is going to be proud of a much-improved Miller Avenue.” 

The Miller Avenue Streetscape Project stretches from Almonte Boulevard near Tamalpais High School all the way to Sunnyside Avenue near Downtown. The project will start in the commercial area of Miller, known as the “Main Street” section (Willow Street to Reed Street). Construction will then progress to the next section of Miller Avenue. During summer break for our local schools, permissible work hours will be from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday - Friday. 

Tree Removal 
It is necessary to remove around 50 trees for the new streetscape design. 38 will be preserved and 142 new trees will be planted. The new design includes moving some of the medians and sidewalks. Many of the trees identified for removal are at the end of their lifespans, not the appropriate types of trees for the location and soil conditions, or showing signs of stress due to the drought. The City’s Certified Arborist has verified the tree removal, and they will each be checked for nesting birds before work begins.

In upcoming weeks, community members will see work crews pruning and placing protective equipment around some of the trees that are being preserved. The chipped mulch from the trees will be recycled to provide wood chips for sustainable weed suppression in City landscaped areas. The project does not remove the grassy median across from Safeway and Tamalpais High School, although it may be used for temporary staging of construction equipment during construction. 

Parking 
The City urges all businesses and residences on Miller Avenue to make efficient use of their private parking areas, especially during the busy construction period. The City’s public parking lot will transition from all day parking to 4-hour parking Monday-Saturday. The City has also begun to actively enforce existing parking restrictions on Miller Avenue to allow more cars to utilize a parking space in a given day, creating the turnover of parking spaces for business customers. Whole Foods has agreed to allow the public to park for 2 hours in a section of their private lot across Evergreen Avenue from their Miller Avenue store, adjacent to the Buddhist Temple. Additional efforts are being made to create additional temporary parking and to store construction-related vehicles out of the public right of way. 

Traffic 
During construction, Miller Avenue will always have one inbound and one outbound lane open at all times. Please minimize car trips and use alternate forms of transportation (bike, walk, carpool or public transit) to travel in the area. Plan ahead and allow extra time for potential traffic delays. Drive safely, watch for construction workers, and follow all detour and directional signs in the construction area. 

Construction Info and Updates 
City and Construction Management staff are making every effort to mitigate impacts during construction and are working with the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce to notify local businesses and residents of the planned work. City and Construction Management staff will provide regular updates to the community regarding the project.

Stay Informed
Construction updates will be provided on a weekly basis. Stay informed by signing up for updates here. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and our project website www.cityofmillvalley.org/millerave.  

Questions?
Construction Specific Questions – Please contact 4LEAF Construction Management – Phone: (415)328-6972 email: mthrailkill@4leafinc.com

General Questions – Please contact Becky Murray,Administrative Assistant, City of Mill Valley at
phone: 415-384-4835 and email: bmurray@cityofmillvalley.org

More info:

Download the Primer on the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project: Click here for a more in-depth look at the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project: timeline, budget, map, and a history of community involvement.

Miller Avenue Area Businesses: Do we have your contact info? If you are not sure, please contact Becky Murray, Administrative Assistant at bmurray@cityofmillvalley.org or call 415-384-4835. Please let us know your name, business name and address, email address and phone number. Also - Check out the MillerUP Business Support program.  

Miller Avenue Project Documents - Click here for Agendas, Staff Reports, Plans, Studies, etc.