Miller Avenue Streetscape Project: Refinements Based on Community Input

Posted February 1, 2018

Throughout the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project, City officials and staff have sought input and suggestions, and received questions and concerns about the construction project. Staff has provided community information, mitigated impacts where possible, and, when needed, brought concerns to a public meeting for community consideration and problem solving.

The following is an update and summary of two such issues:

Parkway Lane Configuration: The Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan, adopted by City Council  in 2011, includes two travel lanes in each direction in the Parkway section of Miller Avenue (from Willow to Millwood). During construction, this segment of roadway was re-striped to one lane to allow for additional temporary parking. The City received public interest to maintain the one-lane configuration, and brought the item for review and consideration at two Council meetings.

On August 7, 2017, the City Council considered a Resolution to authorize a 12-month pilot program to stripe the Miller Avenue Parkway as a one-lane roadway with a buffered bike lane and curbside parking. Council voted 3 to 2 to adopt the Resolution.

On March 19, 2018, the City Council Adopted a Resolution approving the recommended scope of services and authorizing a budget adjustment of $30,000 for completing a traffic study of the Miller Avenue one-way lane configuration in the Parkway Room. Council directed staff to return at a future Council meeting with additional scope details regarding the criteria and methodology to be used in evaluating emergency access and evacuation capabilities/effects of the lane configuration. 

Staff will report findings of the study to City Council in the fall of this year along with next steps for making a final determination on the lane configuration.


Public MeetingsMeeting DateLinks
City Council MeetingMarch 19, 2018 Staff Report
Public Communications 1 ; 2 ; 3 ; 4
City Council MeetingAugust 7, 2017Staff Report
Public Communications 1 ; 2 ; 3 ; 
4 ; 5 ; 6 ; 7 ; 8
City Council MeetingJuly 17, 2017

Staff Report
Public Communications 1 ; 2 ; 3 ; 4 ; 5


Almonte Avenue Intersection Design: In July 2011 the City Council adopted the Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan. The approved Plan removed the existing non-standard configuration of (outbound) Miller Avenue approaching Almonte Boulevard. 

Since the design concept was approved, a new traffic signal was installed in Tennessee Valley and traffic congestion in Southern Marin has increased. Because of these current conditions, concern was expressed by some community members that providing a shared through and right-turn lane, rather than separate through and right-turn lanes, would result in unnecessary delays to both through and right-turn turning vehicles. 

In March and April of 2017, City Council and staff sought extensive community input at two public meetings to consider an alternate design for the intersection. Council approved the recommendation to replace the single lane configuration at the Almonte Blvd/Miller Ave intersection with the Extended Right Turn Lane Option. Thank you to all community members who participated in the decision-making process regarding this issue.

Public MeetingsMeeting DateLinks
City Council MeetingApril 3, 2017 Staff Report
Public Communication 1 ; 2 ; 3
Community MeetingMarch 2, 2017Agenda
Staff Memo 
Exhibits 2 & 3