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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham
Date: April 26, 2022 3:00 PM

25 MPH Construction Zone Speed Limit Set for Third Street Improvement Project

San Rafael, CA – The San Rafael Police Department, in partnership with the Department of Public Works and the City’s Contractors for the Third Street Improvement Project, will be implementing a 25 MPH Construction Speed Limit while construction is taking place.

After receiving complaints from citizens and neighbors, in addition to concerns expressed by those working on the project and observations made by the police department, it was determined that speeds along the construction corridor needed to be reduced to increase the safety of everyone in the construction zone. 

“This is a proactive measure designed to reduce the possibility of someone getting hurt.  We want this to be a successful project where both workers and motorists remain safe during the 18-month-long project,” said Police Chief David Spiller.

The special 25 MPH construction zone speed limit will be in place along eastbound Second Street from Marquard Avenue to Shaver Street.  Motorists who are used to traveling through this area, during pre-construction times, at the posted 35 MPH zone will now need to be aware of the adjustment and change their driving habits to not violate the new speed limit.

There will be changeable message boards posted before the construction speed limit zone advising drivers of the change and that it will be enforced.   There will also be construction zone speed limit signs posted along the roadway.

The construction zone speed limit will also be applied to westbound Third Street from Grand Avenue to Fourth Street, which is already a posted 25 MPH zone.

Drivers who violate the construction zone speed limit are subject to citation, which may carry higher penalties.  Under state law, local authorities, agencies, and their hired contractors have the authority to reduce speed limits in construction zones where passing traffic may endanger construction workers.  


The San Rafael Police Department is asking for the cooperation of the motoring public to improve safety along the construction corridor; however, if drivers fail to exercise caution, then enforcement action will be taken.

To learn more about the Third Street Improvement Project, please visit: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/third-street 

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Posted: April 26, 2022 3:12 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham

Updated: April 26, 2022 3:16 PDT by Justin Graham


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