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Belvedere residents weigh in on possible impacts of seawall, infrastructure project

Traffic congestion, potential flooding and narrower roads are among the issues Belvedere residents want to see addressed in a forthcoming environmental-impact report for the city’s planned multimillion-dollar seawall and infrastructure project.

Community members had a chance to weigh in on the scope of the report, which would identify the potential environmental effects of the project and recommend mitigation measures where needed, at a Feb. 9 virtual meeting hosted by Amy Skewes-Cox, an environmental and land-use planner hired to prepare the report, and James Reilly from San Rafael-based Stetson Engineers, the firm that designed the project.

The $27.4-million design centers around short, exposed seawalls and shoreline pathways along San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road as well as flood fixes on stretches of West Shore Road. The plan also calls for metal sheet pilings to be drilled down at the shoreline along a third of San Rafael Avenue and the entirety of Beach Road to protect the streets and utilities underneath from earthquake damage.

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