Fairfax bridge project on track for flood control approval

Home News Fairfax bridge project on track for flood control approval Visitors check the water level of San Anselmo Creek at the Nokomis Avenue Bridge last December in San Anselmo. Officials want to replace Nokomis Avenue Bridge, the Azalea Avenue Bridge in Fairfax and three other bridges to ease flooding in Ross Valley. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal) By Nels Johnson, Marin Independent Journal POSTED: 11/22/15, 6:24 PM PST | UPDATED: 7 HRS AGO1 COMMENT A $2.4 million plan to replace the Azalea Avenue Bridge in Fairfax may proceed as a flood control measure thanks to grant funding, county officials said. The bridge constricts waters during flood events and will be replaced as part of Ross Valley flood control plans, along with three bridges in San Anselmo, according to Katie Rice, president of the Board of Supervisors. County supervisors, sitting a flood control directors, set 11 a.m. Dec. 15 for a public hearing on the Fairfax project. “At the time of the hearing, your board will consider all written and oral objections to the project and then determine whether to … proceed,” Scott Lyle, county principal civil engineer, told the county board. If a majority of property owners in county Flood Control Zone 9 object, the project will be suspended or dropped, he added. The project, financed by a federal flood control grant, will cost the local flood district about $65,000. The Fairfax project is part of a $15 million plan to replace five bridges that bottleneck Ross Valley creeks, including bridges at Winship Avenue in Ross, and three in San Anselmo on Nokomis Avenue, Madrone Avenue and Sycamore Avenue at Center Boulevard. The bridge program is part of the county’s $160 million plan to replumb the Ross Valley, leveraging grant funds with local contributions generated by the region’s average annual $129 flood fee. The hotly contested fee was enacted after a ballot box controversy split the community in 2007. The Ross Valley flood control program, which focuses on converting local park areas into dual use as flood control basins, was thrown for a loop by San Anselmo voters who this month rejected a plan to turn Memorial Park into a flood basin. Rice said she looks forward to meeting with flood control officials to sort out what the next steps will be in the overall plan to protect the Ross Valley. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Reach the author at njohnson@marinij.com or follow Nels on Twitter: @NelsJohnsonNews. Full bio and more articles by Nels Johnson Back to top MORE Map: Azelea Avenue bridge David N. Swaim Tam Realty Inc Owner DRE#1070789 415-710-5504 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 www.tamrealty.com Serving all of Marin County

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