FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 5, 2013
Contact: Rachel Gordon, DPW (415) 554-6045, (415) 298-5523
MARKET STREET ROADWAY SET FOR OVERNIGHT IMPROVEMENTS
Crews will repave curb lanes from Van Ness Avenue to Sixth Street on June 7-8
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Working nonstop from Friday night to Saturday night, construction crews are scheduled to repave 100,000 sq. ft. of Market Street from Van Ness Avenue to Sixth Street to create a smoother and safer ride for bicyclists and motorists.
The project will improve the curb lanes on both sides of Market Street. The goal is to complete the project within 24 hours to minimize disruptions along one of San Francisco’s primary transportation corridors.
Work is scheduled to begin 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013.
Traffic still will be able to cross Market Street during construction. However, bikes, automobiles and trucks will be detoured off the street while the work is under way. Muni’s F-line and buses, and public transit service run by other agencies, will continue to operate on Market Street in the center lanes, but all boardings and drop-offs will be moved to the center islands.
In all, crews are expected to lay down 1,300 tons of new asphalt. The $700,000 project is funded with gas tax funds.
“We’ve done a lot of spot patching of Market Street over the years,” said Mohammed Nuru, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Works, which is overseeing the work in cooperation with the Municipal Transportation Agency. “This repaving initiative will last longer and create a much safer and more comfortable experience for the thousands of people who use the street every day.”
Added Leah Shahum, executive director of the SF Bicycle Coalition, “This will be a major improvement to the City’s most important bicycling street. For the growing number of people biking on Market Street -- whether traveling to work or connecting to regional transit or visiting neighborhoods connected by our City’s main artery -- this repaving could not come soon enough.”
Market Street was last repaved about 30 years ago. Plans are in the works to resurface the remainder of the curbside lanes east of Sixth Street in two more phases. The stretch between Steuart and Third streets is tentatively scheduled for June 21-22, and the section between Third and Sixth streets is tentatively set for mid-July. Work on the intersections will be completed after the summer tourism rush and special events.