North McDowell Boulevard Improvement Project

Project Description

You’ve been asking for it, Petaluma, and we can’t wait to share our plans for North McDowell Boulevard. Work is scheduled to begin on the much-anticipated North McDowell Blvd. Improvement project this December! This project is designed to create a smooth street with safety improvements that benefit all road users.

During the month of December, the contractor, Team Ghilotti, will be kicking off the project with some demolition on the west side of the road. As construction gets rolling, we will provide updates on the work being done, project timeline, traffic impacts, and more. We will do our best to minimize traffic delays and detours throughout the construction process.

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. Upon completion, our community can expect to enjoy the following when traveling North McDowell Boulevard from Sunrise Parkway to Old Redwood Highway:

  • A smoother roadway surface
  • Enhanced sidewalks and curb ramps
  • New and improved pedestrian crossings
  • Upgraded bike lanes and paths
  • Better access to transit

In addition to this large project, we have performed 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.

Stay tuned to our Community Update email and social media channels for project updates.

Thank you for your patience as we work to make North McDowell the best it can be!

Community Engagement

Listening to the needs and concerns of our community is an important step in any project - and is essential when making changes to a street as impactful as N. McDowell. Over the last year, we have engaged with our community through meetings, workshops, and more to help shape the vision for the future of this important roadway.

Virtual Informational Meeting

On September 28, 2022 we held an informational meeting to review:

  • An overview of the project and planned improvements.
  • How community feedback is factored into our final design.
  • What to expect in regard to construction and traffic impacts.
  • Answers questions and responses to concerns.

Nearly 40 community members attended the meeting and Spanish interpretation services were available.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can watch a recording HERE. Please note, approximately the first 40 minutes of the meeting are a presentation by City staff with the remainder dedicated to discussion.

Virtual Community Workshop

On January 26, 2022, the City of Petaluma held a community-wide public workshop to discuss plans to reconstruct and repave North McDowell Blvd. between Old Redwood Highway and Sunrise Parkway. Our City team shared a presentation outlining the purpose of the project, ideas for improvement, and available funding, then opened the session up to the public to share their perspective.

We were pleased to have over 50 community members attend the meeting and share their concerns, ideas, and hopes for project. We have taken this important feedback into consideration and have updated our designs to reflect many of your ideas (see images on right of page).

We have presented these designs to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee.  Thank you to all who took the time to engage in this crucial conversation with us. McDowell is one of the most traveled roadways in Petaluma and our goal is to make it the best it can be for all users.

  • CLICK HERE to view notes recapping the workshop and input from the public.
  • CLICK HERE to view a recording of the workshop.

Learn More

We are currently hard and work making N. McDowell the best it can be and welcome feedback from our community. Please sign up below if you would like to learn more and provide input.

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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 Bid Document phase with construction to start late 2022 or early 2023.


Funding for this work is a combination of Street Maintenance fees, Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation (RMRA) fees, water fees, Measure U bond measure, 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 has been completed in August 2022.

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