Transportation

MTC-funded final segment of Marin-Sonoma Narrows breaks ground

Groundbreaking for Sonoma-Marin Narrows final segment
(L-R) MTC Commissioner and Marin Supervisor Damon Connolly, TAM Executive Director Anne Richman, Marin Supervisor Judy Arnold, Assemblyman Marc Levine and Novato Mayor Eric Lucan break ground Thursday on the final segment of the Marin-Sonoma Narrows project. Kenneth Kao photo.

The completion of the Highway 101 Marin-Sonoma Narrows widening is in sight with the groundbreaking Thursday of the final segment of the project between Novato and the Sonoma/Marin county line.

In May 2021, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission provided $76 million in STP/CMAQ funding to help the overall $135 million project move forward.  Upon completion, all of the Highway 101 widening will be finished. 

This final phase of the project is part of the larger Marin-Sonoma Narrows effort to construct 17 miles of carpool lanes in each direction through Marin and Sonoma Counties, completing a total 50 miles of continuous carpool lanes in each direction, between Windsor and Richardson Bay.

The project will also restripe the Redwood Boulevard frontage road for Class II bike lanes in Novato, creating a continuous bikeway between Novato and Petaluma.

MTC has long identified improvements to the U.S. 101 corridor in the North Bay as an important regional priority, including the Marin-Sonoma Narrows, where lanes narrowed from three to two creating bottlenecks. The work expands lanes from four to six, adding a carpool lane in each direction.

MTC has also contributed $15 Million in re-purposed federal earmarks, another $15.4 Million in STP funds and $23 Million in RTIP funds, and monies from the Prop 1B Corridor Improvement program, among other dollars to the overall widening project. Caltrans, the Transportation Authority of Marin and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority are partners on the project.

Earlier this week, Caltrans and the SCTA announced the opening of another portion of the widening: the southbound carpool lane on Highway 101 in Petaluma. It is the final milestone on the Petaluma Widening Project that adds north and southbound carpool lanes between Corona Road and Lakeville Highway (State Route 116).

That three-year, $122 million project included $85 million in funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, and $37 million in funding from Sonoma County’s Measure M.