MTC and partners nab federal environmental planning award for Highway 37

By Mark Prado
Highway 37
Mark Prado

MTC and its partners received a 2019 Environmental Excellence Award from the Federal Highway Administration for work on their State Route 37 Resilient Corridor Program.

The award recognizes outstanding transportation projects incorporating environmental stewardship into the planning and development processes. Projects selected use Federal Highway Administration funding sources.

About 40,000 vehicles a day use 21-mile Highway 37, which skirts the northern shore of San Pablo Bay, delivering commuters and goods. The entire highway is at risk for submerging under a predicted sea level rise of 6 feet by the end of the century. The area is environmentally rich, with nearby wetlands hosting a variety of species.  

The Highway 37 program developed by MTC and its partners is a design alternative assessment process that lays out near-, mid-, and long-term improvements to address three critical issues in the corridor: severe and extended traffic congestion, vulnerability to flooding and potential impacts on  environmental resources.

Resilient SR 37 is a first step to proactively develop integrated transportation and ecosystem design solutions that can be progressively implemented to improve mobility for all modes of transportation, maintain public access, while developing resiliency to storms and sea level rise. The outcomes of Resilient SR 37 will identify the projects that move into the next phases of the project.

Project partners include Caltrans, Solano Transportation Authority, Sonoma County Transportation Authority, Transportation Authority of Marin and the Napa Valley Transportation Authority.