Mill Valley Lands $363K State Safe Routes Grant

Funds will be used to upgrade signs and crosswalks and add a flashing pedestrian-crossing light at Miller Ave. and Almonte Boulevard.

By Jim Welte, Mill Valley Patch
November 14, 2010

Kids bike and roll to Edna Maguire on at International Walk and Roll to School Day.  Credit Ronnie Sharpe

Kids bike and roll to Edna Maguire on International Walk and Roll to School Day.  Credit Ronnie Sharpe

Ever try making the precarious crossing from the Mill Valley Bike Path to the southern end of Tam High or the Almonte neighborhood, especially during the late afternoon rush? It can feel like a Mill Valley version of Frogger.

But help is on the way.

The city of Mill Valley has landed a Safe Routes to School grant from the state for $363,130, and city officials plan to use the money to install a flashing pedestrian-crossing light at Miller Ave. and Almonte Blvd., as well as make signage and crosswalk improvements all over the city.

"Step by step, Mill Valley is doing what it takes to create safe routes to all our schools," Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters said. "With continued work by city staff, the school district and the community, along with grants like this one, it will not be long before Mill Valley has a great network of walking and bicycling routes for everyone to use to get around town!"

The installation at Miller and Almonte will consist of a flashing light with signs that alert oncoming traffic of crossing pedestrians.

The funds will be also used to widen the sidewalk and extend the curb areas along East Blithedale Avenue from Elm to Alta Vista avenues around Park Elementary School, the city said.

In addition to those two projects, the city will use the money to make a host of pedestrian improvements around the other Mill Valley public school campuses, including crosswalk sign upgrades and repainted crosswalks and pavement markings.

Mill Valley's Safe Routes to School grant application was one of 85 selected from a pool of 400 applications statewide. Unfortunately, the city must obtain regulatory approvals before the projects go out to bid, so construction won't likely start until late 2011 or early 2012.


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