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  • Writer's pictureKatherine Martine

After yearslong delay, installation of evacuation decals moves forward


Tiburon's new evacuation decals as seen Feb. 1 on Mercury Avenue near Apollo Road. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

After a nearly four-year delay, Tiburon’s streets are now sporting new evacuation decals intended to help point the way toward safety in an emergency, with Belvedere expected to follow suit soon.


The town began installing the 20-inch-by-12-inch blue plastic decals marked with the letter “E” on town streets in the fall, each featuring arrows that intend to lead people to lanes, pathways, steps and other through areas that offer fast routes toward safety.


Patrick Kerslake, Tiburon’s superintendent of public works, said the installation is nearly complete. Laurie Nilsen, the town’s emergency services coordinator, said she didn’t have a timeline for installation on Belvedere’s streets; City Manager Robert Zadnik did not respond to inquiries by The Ark’s press deadline.


The initiative was first proposed by the Tiburon Fire Protection District in 2018 and was based on similar plan rolled out in Mill Valley more than a decade ago. Tiburon initially approved the installation of 200 decals, at a cost of $6,100, with the fire district contributing $1,500.


Belvedere approved the installation of 65 emergency evacuation markers at a cost of about $2,000, with the fire district contributing $500.


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