Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Central Marin Ferry Connection Bridge

Ribbon cutting ceremony May 20, 2016.

Ribbon cutting ceremony May 20, 2016.

On May 20, 2016, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and supporting partner agencies celebrated with Marin community members at the opening of the Central Marin Ferry Connection Multi-Use Pathway over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Larkspur. The new bridge provides a safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian connection from San Rafael through the Cal Park Hill Tunnel path to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and the Corte Madera Creek Path. It closes a critical gap in the North-South Greenway network and supports Marin County’s efforts to promote multi-modal transportation options, increase mobility, and promote active lifestyles.

Since a portion of the pathway’s footprint is located within a patch of tidal marsh near the mouth of Corte Madera Creek, WRA was hired as a subcontractor to the project’s construction management firm, Ghirardelli Associates, Inc., to ensure the protection of sensitive biological resources according to project permits.  Jason Yakich was WRA’s biologist on the project and led two consecutive years of conducting protocol-level surveys for California Ridgway’s rail and California black rail, coordinating biological monitoring, supervising tidal marsh re-vegetation at the site, and handling correspondence with the regulatory agencies.  Construction was successfully completed with no take of listed species.

Congratulations to our clients TAM and Ghirardelli Associates for this great accomplishment and contribution to promotion of non-motorized commute alternatives and enhance travel to and from the ferry.

Read more about the event on the Marin County Bicycle Coalition website, here.

Related story of WRA’s mitigation design work at Creekside Marsh here.