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.

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. We will continue to refine them and look forward to sharing the final designs with you soon. 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 working on designs and look forward to community input. 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 this Fall.


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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