Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Median Landscaping

Description

Project status update:

The scope of this project is currently being reassessed. The information below is subject to change. Please check back soon for an update.

Overview

The median landscaping for the now completed Upgrade The Drake project was placed on hold due to the ongoing drought and mandatory water use restrictions that were in place in 2021 and into 2022. At this time, in an effort to minimize costs and work effectively and efficiently, this landscaping project will now take place after the Sir Francis Drake Street Lighting Project, which is replacing light poles along the same medians that will undergo the landscaping work. Conducting the landscaping project after the lighting project avoids any project related disturbances to the landscaping caused by the light pole replacement work.

The initial landscape scope of the Upgrade The Drake project included landscape improvements to areas directly affected by the street improvements only. With the benefit of additional funds from County Service Area 17 (CSA 17, see details in Funding section), the landscape scope of the project was expanded to include all the medians in the corridor within the area of work. The additional funding allows the project to address the medians and other affected landscape areas in a holistic, cohesive design.

With extensive use of California native plants, the landscape will improve local habitat, support native pollinators and biodiversity, provide seasonal color and interest, and conserve water.

The planting design will adhere to practical requirements like minimizing maintenance needs, maximizing traffic safety and visibility, and maximizing longevity of proposed plants.

Proposed plants will meet the following criteria:

  • provide seasonal interest, with blooms, foliage, colors and textures throughout the year
  • incorporate numerous California natives
  • plants will be approved by FireSafe Marin for fire safety purposes
  • sight visibility considerations
  • low maintenance selections
  • conserve water, drought tolerance
  • support native biodiversity, including pollinators
  • work with existing landscape and aesthetic elements

Funding

Landscape improvements are funded in part by County Service Area 17 (CSA 17). CSA 17 funds ongoing maintenance of medians through this portion of the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard corridor. County Service Areas 16 (CSA 16) also will develop new plantings along the north frontage of the corridor to meet the same criteria.

Traffic impacts

There will be some traffic impacts associated with this median landscaping work. The extent will be determined once the project has been developed and will be announced in advance of any active work. It is expected that the work will be targeted for the summer months when school is not in session, so to avoid related traffic impacts.

Timeline

TBD 2022/23

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