Miller Avenue Streetscape Project FAQ - May, 2017

We are wrapping up month 10 of the 18-month project. Thank you for your patience as we enter the last few months of work! Here are some frequently asked questions and answers. 

Q: What has been accomplished so far?
A: Utility upgrades, new curbs, gutters and sidewalks, drainage improvements, modified parking regulations, sewer repair, and the installation of infrastructure for future landscaping, street furniture and lighting, and street realignment (road, bike, parking, transit, sidewalk).

Q: What is left to do?
A: Continued utility upgrades, new paving, restriping (including buffered bike lanes), installation of flashing pedestrian crossings, landscaping and rain gardens, lighting and street furniture. Paving will begin this summer when school is out and traffic is lighter.

Q: When is the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project expected to wrap up?
A: We are 10 months into the 18 month project. We estimate we will be done around the end of 2017.

Q: Why is it harder to turn onto Miller Ave sidestreets?
A: The new turning radii and bulb outs allow for accessible sidewalk ramps, additional landscaping areas, shorter pedestrian crossing areas, and help calm vehicle traffic. Once Miller Avenue is paved, new striping will be placed, adding a bicycle and bike buffer lanes, clarifying and adjusting the lane alignments, which will facilitate turning onto and off of the side streets.

Q: Are the new streetlights permanent, and how did they get chosen?
A: Yes – the new streetlights are permanent. The existing street lights were mismatched, old, and ready to be replaced and relocated with new, more energy efficient lights. The streetlights were chosen by a group of community members and design professionals appointed by the City Council in 2015. The group, called the Design Elements Advisory Committee (DEAC), carefully considered many options for the street lights in consultation with the community.

The committee selected the wood poles to replace the existing streetlights, some of which were wood. The wood feature was also selected by the DEAC as it matches the natural setting of Mill Valley, and reflects the community's character.

Q: Why did you remove the Redwood trees?
A: The design planned to retain the three redwood trees, but a final determination of the trees’ health and stability was not feasible until portions of the roadway and landscaping area were removed. An independent arborist raised significant concerns and recommended removal of the trees.

Q: Will new trees be planted?
A: Yes - We have worked with landscape architects to carefully create a replanting plan that will add 142 new trees in the Main Street section of Miller Avenue. When the project is done the total number of trees in this section will increase from 88 to 180. The species have been chosen with careful consideration for size, aesthetic appeal, coordination with preserved trees and other city trees, and ability to withstand their tough environs.

Q: What is the City doing to support the local businesses impacted by construction?
They City is collaborating with the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce to implement the MillerUP Business Support Campaign to raise awareness of and promote Miller Avenue businesses. The City and Chamber have used a multi-platform approach to communicate with residents, businesses, and the community at large, before, during and after the project.

Q: Where can I find out more?
A: We provide a weekly eNewsletter to keep you up-to-date on the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project. Click here to sign up and learn more. Also - Check out our new Miller Ave Streetscape Project Info Sheet.