Road Closures & Road Work

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A color map of Point Reyes National Seashore indicating the park roads that are closed or undergoing road work from July 29, 2020, until further notice.

Current Road Closures

The following roads are closed to motorized access until further notice:

  • Mesa Road from the Commonweal entrance to Palomarin Trailhead (this is the most popular trailhead for Bass Lake and Alamere Falls)—closed to motor vehicles due to area access and safety issues
  • Limantour Road—closed to all traffic (i.e., motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) due to safety issues and road construction
  • Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drake Beach Road to the Point Reyes Lighthouse—closed to all traffic (i.e., motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) due to area access and safety issues and road construction
  • Chimney Rock Road—closed to all traffic (i.e., motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) due to road construction
  • South Beach Access Road—closed to all traffic (i.e., motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) due to road construction

Download a map indicating which roads are currently closed to motorized access and/or undergoing road work. (8,160 KB PDF)

In addition to the roads listed above, the parking lots at Bull Point Trailhead and Sunset Overlook Trailhead are closed until further notice.

 

Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge Closure

  • As of January 13, 2020, the bridge known as the Old Tocaloma/Platform Bridge, which runs parallel to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at its intersection with Platform Bridge Road ~2 miles east of Olema, is closed to all vehicular traffic until further notice. The bridge is being closed to vehicular traffic due to structural deficiencies that make the weight of a vehicle unsafe to cross over the bridge.

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Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Road Work

 
A narrow road winds through tan and green pastureland, through a cluster of buildings, and off toward a rocky headland on the edge of the ocean.
On Monday, April 20, 2020, contractors began road work on the western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
 
A color map of Point Reyes Headlands indicating the section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that will continue to be closed beyond June 1, 2020.

On Monday, April 20, 2020, contractors began work on a major road improvement project in Point Reyes National Seashore. This two-year, $49.1 million project is a joint effort between the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), County of Marin, and National Park Service (NPS). The project will resurface, restore, rehabilitate, and reconstruct approximately 12.9 miles of roadway and 20.9 miles of roadway pavement preservation within the park. The work will be performed over two construction seasons from April through November. Time-limited delays and some area closures are expected through the duration of the project.

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west of its junction with Drakes Beach Road is closed.

The initial work scheduled for April 2020 through July 2020 includes significant improvements in the accessibility and safety of two popular Point Reyes National Seashore roads—Chimney Rock and Lighthouse. On April 20, 2020, contractors began work on the western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. As of May 17, 2020, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard southwest of its junction with Drake Beach Road is closed to motorized traffic until further notice. As a result, the Chimney Rock, Lighthouse, and South Beach areas are closed to motorized access.

Download the map indicating the section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that is closed until further notice. (1,104 KB PDF)

Roadwork between the Estero Trail Access Road and Schooner Bay

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was closed in both directions to the public on Thursday, October 10, 2019, beyond the Pierce Point Road junction in order for Marin County to create a temporary fix at the East Schooner Creek crossing on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, where water has been inundating the road for many years.

 
(Left photo) A white truck drives through a flood section of road that has been reduced to one-lane wide. (Right photo) Concrete traffic barriers line the sides of a road on which course, cobble-sized rock has been spread to elevate the road surface.
The section of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that is prone to flooding on March 30, 2019 (left) and on October 21, 2019, after temporary repairs (right).
 
Gravel covers a road that is undergoing road work. A bulldozer is visible in the distance. Vegetation lines both sides of the road.
Road work along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in late July 2020.

A long term repair for this location, being managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), for the County of Marin was put out for bid during the fall of 2019. This project will rehabilitate Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between the Pierce Point Road and Chimney Rock Road intersections (see above).

A contractor began work on this long-term repair of this section of roadway in the summer of 2020. Visitors traveling along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west of its junction with Pierce Point Road should expect to encounter delays due to the road work. The delays should last no more than 30 minutes. Drivers are urged to drive slowly through the work zone for the safety of the work crews, and to reduce the risk of damaging vehicles—especially those with low clearance—due to potholes, loose rocks, or other loose materials.

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A section of road undergoing road work. Jersey barriers on the left. The road drops abruptly in the foreground.
Road work on Limantour Road on July 25, 2020.

Limantour Road Work

Through the end of September 2020, visitors traveling along Limantour Road should expect to encounter delays due to road work. The delays should last no more than 15 minutes.

 
A front end loader drives with an elevated bucket over a section of excavated road where a fissure has formed under the road.
A fissure in the roadbed of Limantour Road was discovered on July 29, 2020.

As of July 29, 2020, Limantour Road is closed until further notice.

The road work occurring on Limantour Road is part of the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) park road improvement project alluded to above. On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, as the contractor was excavating material, they discovered a fissure in the roadbed that could fail, e.g., result in a landslide. This presents a hazardous condition and the road was immediately closed and will remain so until further notice.

 

Planned Road Closures & Road Work

An additional FHWA project, bundled with the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard project described above, will repair Limantour, Chimney Rock, and Lighthouse Roads, as well as address pavement preservation on all remaining National Park Service-owned paved roads and parking lots within the Seashore.

More information about these projects will be provided here and above as it becomes available.

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Winter Shuttle Bus System Road Closures

Beginning Saturday, December 26, 2020, the western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard may be closed on weekends and federal holidays when the Winter Shuttle Bus System is operating.

Potential Closures due to Storm Damage

After wind and/or rain storms, many roads to and from and within Point Reyes National Seashore may be blocked due to flooding, mud slides, downed trees, and/or power lines. Reports of closures and re-openings of roads are received too frequently to keep this page up-to-date. For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, visit Point Reyes National Seashore's Twitter feed, the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area's Twitter feed, the Marin County Department of Public Works' Twitter feed, the Marin Sheriff Department's Twitter feed, the Marin Fire Department's Twitter feed, the California Highway Patrol: Marin's Twitter feed, or tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.

Information about Road Closures outside of the National Seashore

For more information on road closures in Marin County and the Bay Area, check the Marin Sheriff Current Emergency Information, the California Department of Transportation's Current Highway Conditions, and CHP Traffic Incident Information (select "Golden Gate" from the "Communication Centers" drop-down menu in the upper left corner, then look for "Marin" in the "Location" and/or "Area" columns) websites.

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Last updated: August 6, 2020

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Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

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