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Voice Your Opinion on the Greenbrae Corridor Plan

Many Twin Cities residents don’t like what they see from TAM’s efforts to fix the busy section of Highway 101.

Few would disagree that the Highway 101/Greenbrae corridor, perhaps the busiest stretch of gridlock in the county, needs to be fixed. But seemingly nobody likes the plans put forth by the Transportation Authority of Marin.

Not only have crowds voiced their opinions at public forums, but there have also been petitions, flyers, websites and Facebook pages created to fight TAM’s plan. Oh, and the Audubon Society has retained a lawyer.

“We are all in agreement that traffic on Highway 101 is at times frustrating,” said Stan Hoffman, general manager of the Town Center Corte Madera shopping mall. “However, the proposed project from TAM does not appear to address the needs and wishes of our community.”

TAM and Caltrans have proposed a $143 million project that would create elevated freeway segments and remove a pedestrian overcrossing along the Larkspur and Corte Madera stretch of Highway 101. The rationale is that the stretch of freeway and the onramps are too congested and unsafe, notions nobody contends.

But the TAM plan, critics say, creates an eyesore and is not well thought out. Many also question whether or not the project's environmental impacts have been explored.

“What has been proposed by TAM is not appropriate for our community,” Hoffman said. “It is completely out of scale, it is ugly, and it appears to shift traffic from Highway 101 to our local streets. The residents of Marin County have fought hard to maintain the charm and beauty of our community, and this Los Angeles-style concrete structure is out of character and unnecessary.”

Twin Cities resident Glenda Corning tried to offer some support for TAM by saying, “I know they have our best interests in mind.” Still she said that the agency’s “get the traffic through” approach was not taking into consideration the entire community.

Corning also pointed out that TAM’s plan calls for destroying a vital pedestrian pathway that would not be replaced for years, forcing people to tread across busy intersections until the project is completed.

Corning also said that the massive structure would do nothing to help solve the annual issue of flooding in that area—and may make matters worse. “We have to plan for the future,” she said.

“TAM has a challenging task ahead of them, and while their hard work is appreciated, they have come up short with this proposal,” said Hoffman.

The public will get another chance to weigh in on the topic on Tue., Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at a joint Corte Madera-Larkspur Council meeting held at the Corte Madera Community Center.

What do you think of the plan? Let us know how you feel.

Here are some links for those seeking more information.

Elvis February 05, 2013 at 07:20 AM
the standardization of the interchanges really only alleviates a couple of issues while oddly does not address 2 or 3 other issues which are important and finally making one exit (the northbound 101 exit to SFD) more challenging than it already is. add to that the vast amount of concrete and ugliness and potential isolation of the residences in the trailer park and the project is not a step forward. but sideways or perhaps backwards. I understand that the current system of exits and on ramps is out-dated or euphemistically "antique", but it is workable for the most part once a driver learns their way around.
Carol Sheehy February 05, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Seems like a lot of money to spend on a project that is unsightly and fails to meet the needs of the area.
Carol munson February 05, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I am concerned that there will be traffic exiting off the freeway onto Tamal Vista and the Redwood frontage road via Wornum. These surface streets are already congested enough, especially Redwood Hall's school day is over. Tamal Vista will be the only means to get access to Dougherty from the freeway. Not a good idea at all.
25 Year Resident February 05, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Since the Sir Francis Drake entry onto 101 South already needs to be raised to cross the Corte Madera Creek, doesn't it make more sense to extend that overpass and have the cars taking the current Fifer Ave./DMV exit go under that single raised portion?
Ronda McCarthy February 10, 2013 at 06:31 PM
This plan looks horrible. I'm a full time commute driver to SF. Frankly, I would far prefer sitting in traffic to this monstrosity. Surely all that money could be used to provide a more "people friendly" solution rather than create an eye sore that robs us of the beauty of the area and doesn't really solve the issues.

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