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New overlooks and bike lanes for the Marin Headlands

On Monday, road closures will mark the beginning of  a four-year project in the Marin Headlands that will continue for much of 2010. New overlooks and bike lanes will be constructed in a section of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area that offers wonderful views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. A Nike missile launch site and the Point Bonita Light are also in this area.

The project also includes improvements of roads and parking, and the widening of existing overlooks to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors. The habitats of the mission blue butterfly, red-legged frog, and steelhead trout will also be improved, and native plants will be restored. The first phase of the project is forecast to cost $8.7 million.

The headlands host numerous abandoned military fortifications (at Fort Cronkhite and Fort Barry [1, 2]), gun mounts, and machine-gun nests.

-Bill at

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