The weekly Downtown Project eNewsletter from the City of Mill Valley
July 9, 2020
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The Downtown Project will focus on upgrading the infrastructure – below and above ground – in the Downtown area. The project’s goals are to repave the roadways, repair the sanitary sewer system, make drainage improvements, and upgrade pedestrian curb ramps. The project began in April and is estimated to finish in September 2020. 
Weekly Progress Report*:

Last week, the City’s contractor, KJWoods, conducted concrete work to construct catch basins, ADA compliant sidewalks and ramps, along with sewer abandonment on Corte Madera and West Blithedale avenues.

This week , KJWoods conducted catch basin and sidewalk curb ramp construction on Corte Madera, Gardner, and West Blithedale avenues. Throughout the downtown area, crews conducted trench restoration and prepared for future paving work. This week and into next week, crews will remove utility lids to prevent the damage they would otherwise sustain during the grinding stage of the upcoming paving work. Work crews will continue to prepare for the upcoming grinding and paving of selected Downtown streets.

In upcoming weeks, KJWoods will wrap up catch basin and curb ramp construction on Corte Madera and West Blithedale avenues. At selected locations throughout the downtown, crews will continue to prepare for paving work, which has been postponed due to some design and constructability issues.

* All estimated timelines are tentative and subject to change.
Upcoming Work: Paving – Postponed*

The paving work previously scheduled to begin on July 13 has been postponed due to design and constructability issues. When we have a new anticipated start date, we will be sure to let you know!

City contractor will use a method known as "Grind and Overlay" to pave segments of Gardner Street, West Blithedale, East Blithedale, Throckmorton and Corte Madera Avenues. Work is scheduled to begin July 13 and take approximately 10 weekdays to complete.

"Grind and overlay" is a process to replace old pavement by grinding it down around 2" and then replacing it with a new layer of asphalt. This is a cost-effective way to maintain our roadways, as reconstructing the streets can cost up to three times as much.

Residents and businesses should expect impacts such as construction equipment, noise, dust, lane closures, limited driveway access and parking restrictions while the work is in progress. 

The Contractor will post no-parking signs 48 hours prior to starting the work. To help ensure a safe and successful project, we request that you observe all no parking signs, traffic control signs, flagmen and vehicle/pedestrian barriers.

* All estimated timelines are tentative and subject to change.
Mitigating Construction Impacts
City and Construction Management staff are making every effort to mitigate impacts during construction. 

Mitigation measures include:
  • “Trenchless” construction methods wherever feasible.
  • Traffic control to keep one lane open with flagger directing traffic whenever possible
  • Pedestrian traffic control to safely direction pedestrians.
  • Providing staging areas for the contractor at the Corporation yard and City Hall to minimize on-street impacts
  • Employee parking at City Hall will be eliminated during the project, making those spots available for community members and project staging
  • Proactive, early notification for residents and businesses in the project area
  • Public access to driveways at all times where feasible
  • Coordinate business access for delivery trucks with local business 
  • Sidewalk and street sweeping daily
  • Dust control measures
  • Regular communication and coordination with the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown stakeholders and the wider community
Downtown Businesses Update

Check out the Enjoy Mill Valley website for the latest on how to support our local businesses.

Where can I learn more about the project?
Please visit the Downtown Project webpage to learn more about the project. The webpage features:
Phase I Project Limit
Contact us:
City and Construction Management staff are available to answer questions and review concerns.
Construction Management:
Norman Akana, Construction Manager | Email: |
Phone: (916) 806-0278
Construction and Design: 
Ahmed A. Aly,Project Manager | Email:  |
Phone: (415) 384-4755
Public Outreach and Communications: 
Linn Walsh, Senior Management Analyst | Email:  | Phone: (415) 388-4863

Please also check out the Project Website:

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Thank You for Your Patience During Construction
The City of Mill Valley would like to send out a special thank you to the Mill Valley community for your patience during construction.