North-South Greenway Gap Closure

2023 California Transportation Foundation – Active Transportation – Project of the Year

Improving Safety and Accessibility for Non-Motorized Users with Award-Winning Design

The North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project is part of a regional effort to create a more extensive non-motorized transportation network in Marin County. It closes a key pedestrian and cyclist gap between the Central Marin Ferry Connector and the existing multi-use paths at the intersection of Old Redwood Highway and Wornum Drive. BEN|EN provided the lighting design for the Northern segment of the project and modified a traffic signal in the Southern segment.

The project was awarded and recognized as Project of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation in the Active Transportation category for the project year 2022.

The Northern Segment of the North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project replaces the existing 4-foot-wide sidewalk along the US 101 northbound off-ramp with a wider multi-use pathway and improves pedestrian and bicycle access along a section of Old Redwood Highway to enhance safety and accessibility of the North-South Greenway. The north end of the project is located on the north side of Corte Madera Creek, at the touchdown of the Central Marin Ferry Connector Bridge.

With this project, BEN|EN helped to improve safety and accessibility for all types of non-motorized users; improved connectivity by providing efficient linkage and wayfinding to the Bay Trail, CMFC, Larkspur SMART Station, Larkspur Ferry Terminal, bus transit, and surrounding businesses; provided protected areas for people to enjoy the Bay and the surrounding natural resources; attracts and is able to accommodate more pedestrian and bicycle users; and minimizes impacts to existing parking by encouraging alternatives to driving to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and other local destinations.