North McDowell Blvd. Complete Streets Project

Project Description

You’ve been asking for it, Petaluma, and we can’t wait to share our plans for North McDowell Boulevard. We are actively pursuing reconstruction of this busy thoroughfare from Sunrise Parkway to Old Redwood Highway.

The project is currently in the 50% design phase, a time we use to identify features that will best suit our community and to understand the project challenges and how to best address them in this complex project. During this phase, we engage the community and businesses to better understand needs. Our goal is to create a community-supported “shovel-ready” plan so we are ready to hit the ground running when funding is secured.  Once we have evaluated the detailed project cost, available budget, and have gathered the public input, the design will proceed.

Our vision for North McDowell is referred to as a “Complete Street” project - meaning we will be creating new elements that benefit all users along the corridor and support the flow of local commerce. Some of these elements could include sidewalks, curb ramps, improved pedestrian crossings, better transit access, bike lanes/paths, and a smooth rebuilt roadway surface.

In addition to this large project, we have been performing pavement restoration (slurry sealing) on McDowell on either side of East Washington Boulevard. This is done to preserve areas of McDowell that are already in fair condition so they do not reach the point of needing full reconstruction.

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Project Location

North McDowell Boulevard from Sunrise Parkway to Old Redwood Highway.

Traffic Impacts & Benefits

To be determined.

Project Status

This project is currently in the 50% design phase. The City will be engaging the community for feedback and gathering public comments. We will take this input into account as we review and complete the design phase.


Funding for this work is a combination of Street Maintenance fees, Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation (RMRA) fees, water fees, and SB-1 funds with some utility fees that exist to compensate for damage done to streets due to placement and maintenance of sewer and water facilities. The project will be rolled out in phases and funding will need to be secured for each phase.

BID Details

Bidding expected in late 2022 dependent on available funding.

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