This season's wet weather has presented many challenges throughout Mill Valley and has given our construction team unexpected complications for our East Blithedale Avenue Project. However, we are pleased to report that, even with 13 atmospheric rivers, unseasonably low temperatures, and PG&E crews needing to leave to help with a record number of power outages, the project is still slated to be completed ahead of schedule.
Argonaut Constructors have completed the pavement overlay on Sycamore Avenue and East Blithedale Avenue between Sunnyside Avenue and Carmelita Avenue. Argonaut Constructors will continue to raise utilities to grade and work with PG&E as they complete their adjustments to natural gas services. The project team anticipates that the next stage for paving will continue in mid-May.
We appreciate your patience and continued understanding as we move into the next phase of pavement work. The team understands that paving operations are challenging for the entire community and is pleased to report that they have cut the number of working days by more than half to expedite the project and further minimize impacts.
If possible, we urge motorists to avoid East Blithedale Avenue - use Camino Alto and Miller Avenue to avoid the construction area.
If you drive on East Blithedale Avenue, please plan ahead, leave plenty of time to safely reach your destination, and follow posted speed limits and traffic control signs. Please proceed cautiously, as East Blithedale Avenue is an active work zone. One-way traffic control will be in effect between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm.
What Is Happening This Upcoming Week: May 1st
- East Blithedale Avenue Rehabilitation: Argonaut Constructors will raise utilities to the finished pavement surface between Sunnyside Avenue and Carmelita Avenue. They will begin the installation of reinforced concrete bus pads. Bus stops 40139 and 40140 on opposite sides of the street near Mountain View Avenue will continue to be out of service. Alternate bus stops can be found here.
- PG&E Natural Gas Relocation Project – Alta Vista Avenue to Elm Avenue (east): PG&E continues to lower natural gas main service. There will be one-way traffic control.
What Is Happening The Following Week: May 8th
- East Blithedale Avenue Rehabilitation: Argonaut Constructors will identify utilities between Carmelita Avenue and Elm Avenue (near the Park School) before grinding the existing roadway. They will begin the layout for the permanent striping on East Blithedale Avenue. They will continue the construction of bus stop pads at 40139 and 40140.
- PG&E Natural Gas Relocation Project – Alta Vista Avenue to Elm Avenue (east): PG&E will continue lowering the natural gas services.
Subgrade repair before paving.
Paving over reconstructed roadway between Forrest Street and Grove Street.
Placement of asphalt leveling course at Mountain View Avenue.
Rolling asphalt leveling course at Sunnyside Avenue.
Thank You for Your Patience
City and Construction Management staff continue to mitigate construction impacts and collaborate with the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce to coordinate and notify local businesses of the planned work. The project team is available to answer questions and review concerns. The City of Mill Valley would like to send out a special thank you to the Mill Valley community for your patience during construction.
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