Envisioning civic space within an oversized roadway
Point San Pedro Road is too wide. Rebuilt in the late 1960's and early 1970's to accommodate a scale of residential development that never occurred on the peninsula, this three-mile roadway along the San Francisco Bay is an underutilized public asset. During the commute peak, the busiest intersection moves less than half the cars that the roadway was designed to carry. San Rafael WaterLine is an investigation of an alternative future for this public space.
Point San Pedro Road connects several schools, local and regional parklands, and waterfront access points. Much of the low-lying roadway and adjacent neighborhoods are subject to increasing flooding. San Rafael WaterLine could transform the roadway into a new community spine while reshaping the waterfront edge to mitigate flood impacts.
High retaining walls built during the widening offer views of the Bay and the opportunity to shield bicycle and pedestrian users from the impact of cars and trucks. The water's edge in nearby China Camp State Park offer a glimpse of the landscape character that could be reincorporated into San Rafael WaterLine