"Marin's share of money from Regional
Measure 2 was supposed to deal with this ever-increasing
traffic. Instead of addressing the underlying dilemma of poor access to
the Richmond bridge, after years of dithering
the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM)
ended up spending almost $40 million on projects that will have
zero effect on Traffic Congestion. ( two miles of new
bicycle paths and SMART train to Larkspur)
Other than spending $10 million to employ a brigade of consultants
and its own staff, the only meaningful result from
TAM's aborted plans to rebuild the
101-Sir Francis Drake interchange was the
concept of restoring the Richmond bridge's
third eastbound lane. But even that obvious move is on the slow track.
While our county supervisors give the idea just enough lip service
to get them off the hook, they show no enthusiasm. Without someone with
clout pushing, Caltrans and the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission will
do nothing". Dick Spotswood
Clearly a solution is 2 lanes ( each way ) on Sir
Francis Drake Blvd and a 2 lane freeway exit with negligible traffic
light impairment. (plus 3 lanes on the bridge).
I hope the study doesn't waste time on coming up with that obvious conclusion
and figures out all the steps and costs necessary to accomplish this, fast.
It is disgraceful that ANY money should be spent on changes that will make
zero effect on traffic congestion. We need to be prodding these
politicians at every opportunity to get this done as fast as possible and not
flushing away any more money.
But what about the more than 50% commuters who are struggling home to
places outside of Marin?
Shouldn't their politicians also be motivating those responsible for getting
Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) & MTC's flyby video of their Interchange
Difference is the Community Plan includes a large loop as well as a flyover on
ramp from west-to-south from Francis Drake Blvd !
Though both eliminate the southbound Lucky Exit -- the Community Plan, with a
LANE BARRIER, makes
you go all the way to the Madeira to exit -- whereas TAM's is the earlier exit Wornum Dr.
In the Community Plan there is a lane barrier to stop southbound traffic on
101 from exiting at the "Lucky exit" and Fifer.
The MTC Plan allows for a right and a right turn onto Tamal Vista after the
Wornum exit, ( there is no Wornum exit in the Community Plan).
The Community plan erroneously says
It will deliver Larkspur-bound traffic from southbound 101 onto Wornum, and
then to Tamal Vista, increasing traffic congestion on already busy two-lane
whereas clearly in TAM's you can see a new extension to the southbound offramp
directly to Sir Francis Drake east which will enable east Larkspur access.
West Larkspur is accessed the same in both plans except MTC's
the Wornum exit.
MTC's Plan is to be compared to
The Community Plan (Map of Greenbrae Interchange) as proposed by
"Marin Deserves Better"
The freeway is already raised at Wornum (which goes under it).
Both plans may need a flyover from the North off-and-on-ramp to the
northernmost onramp --
lights on Sir Francis Drake which should be 2 lanes all the way to the