Maria Drive Improvements Project

Project Description

Maria Drive is a key connector serving schools, parks, residences, shopping and transit. The City of Petaluma plans to improve this important roadway via pavement rehabilitation.

Pavement rehabilitation projects such as this present a great opportunity to create streets that are safer and more accessible for all users. Improvements will be made on Maria Drive from Rainier Avenue to South McDowell Boulevard.

Improvements to Maria will include:

  • A safer, smoother roadway surface
  • Improved traffic flow and safety
  • Elements designed to reduce traffic speed
  • Safer, ADA-compliant sidewalks, curbs, & pedestrian crossings
  • Upgraded bike lanes
  • Better access to transit
  • Installation of a recycled water pipeline

For a more detailed description of the project elements, please see the Project Details section below.

We expect construction to begin in the spring and to be completed by fall 2024. We will notify the neighborhood, and those who have signed up to receive project updates via the form on this webpage, of construction schedules, potential impacts, etc. as we get closer to the start of construction.

Community Engagement


City staff presented a brief project overview to and sought feedback from City Council at its November 6, 2023 regular meeting, as well as a joint meeting of the Pedestrian & Bicycle and Tree Advisory Committees on November 1, 2023.

Meeting Materials:


The City hosted a virtual community workshop on Tuesday, November 15 to:

  • Introduce the project
  • Summarize existing conditions and feedback received to date
  • Explore design ideas
  • Hear your feedback, ideas, and questions

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides. Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, the meeting was not recorded.


Please read below for more detailed descriptions of the planned improvements to Maria Drive. If you have questions or concerns, please contact project manager, Ken Eichstaedt: [email protected]

  • Construction of a safer, smoother roadway surface using a more environmentally
    friendly asphalt recycling technique (recently used on the North McDowell
    Improvement Project)
  • Roadway striping or signage elements that will help calm traffic and create safe
    conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists
  • Installation of over 40 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant curb ramps with lighted pedestrian crossings, particularly at schools
  • Parking prohibition near intersections and crosswalks to improve safety by increasing sight distance
  • Installation of a recycled water pipeline that will enable surrounding schools and parks to irrigate using recycled water

The recycled water pipeline portion of the project is part of our Recycled Water Expansion Program, which helps build the City’s water resiliency, providing added assurance that we have access to water. This is especially helpful in times of emergency like drought, earthquake, and fires.


  • Winter 2022-23: Design
  • Spring 2023: Community Workshop #2 - Review Design & Construction Schedule/Impacts
  • Summer-Fall 2023: Construction


Pavement rehabilitation projects are funded through a combination of Street Maintenance Funds, Road Maintenance & Rehabilitation Account, and Measure U Sales Tax bonds.

BID Details


Project Location

Maria Drive from Rainier Avenue to South McDowell Boulevard

Project Manager

Paul Geoghegan

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