Caltrans has begun a project to repair 4,900 feet of rock slope protection and provide new paving along Highway One, near the Bolinas Lagoon. The $3.5 million project, located along a two-mile stretch in the north and south-bound lanes of the highway, is the first to incorporate recommended improvements from the 2008 Bolinas Lagoon Ecosystem Restoration Project. “After years of consideration, I’m thrilled that restoration of the Bolinas Lagoon is underway,” said Supervisor Steve Kinsey. “While these Highway 1 improvements are just the beginning, they are an important first step along the path our community charted.” In addition to improving slope protection, Caltrans will upgrade 14 drainage systems, many with deep drainage inlets to help catch sand and silt before it enters the Lagoon. The agency expects that, weather permitting, its work will be completed by the end of 2011.