Road Projects Accelerating
Last fall, I shared that CalTrans had plans to repave the west side’s major arterial road, California State Route 1, designated as 19th Avenue in the Sunset and Park Presidio Boulevard in the Richmond. Since we raised our state’s gas tax revenues by passing Senate Bill (SB) 1 in 2017, and voters affirmed it by voting down Proposition 6 in November 2018, we have seen funds flow into various projects, from improving curb access ramps and drainage to repaving roads to purchasing new Muni and BART vehicles. All funds from the gas tax are required to go to transportation projects, as specified by voters when we passed Prop. 69 in June 2018.
Over the past couple of years, we have seen the progress of gas tax-funded road improvements around the city. New pavement is already down on 19th Avenue from Junipero Serra Boulevard to Holloway Avenue, on Crossover Drive through Golden Gate Park, and on Park Presidio Boulevard through to the Golden Gate Bridge approach. If you have driven through or near the MacArthur Tunnel that leads to the bridge, you may have noticed the periodic closures for resurfacing work.
These improvements go beyond putting down new road surfaces. We also saw a new median barrier go up last year on Crossover Drive to reduce headlight glare and increase collision prevention. Additionally, the San Francisco Department of Public Works is embarking on a project to upgrade and interconnect traffic management systems across the length of Route 1 from Junipero Serra Boulevard to Lake Street, improving the flow of traffic on this busy corridor. This fall, they will break ground on a project to upgrade sewer and drainage pipes, as well as other infrastructure, on the three-mile stretch of 19th Avenue from Holloway Avenue to Lincoln Way. Once this project is complete, the resurfacing of that portion of road by CalTrans will begin in 2022.
Driving around my district, you may also have seen other local street projects. These include resurfacing of streets in Parkmerced as well as on Alemany Boulevard in the Mission Terrace neighborhood. Additionally, 30 blocks of pavement improvements continue on Ortega, Pacheco, and Ulloa streets in the Sunset and on 16th and 18th avenues in Inner Parkside.
Because the pandemic has meant fewer vehicle miles driven and thus reduced traffic, I pushed CalTrans to take advantage of quieter roads to move up a project that replaced bridges on US 101 near its intersection with Interstate 280 at Alemany Circle. We also saw replacement of the road surface on southbound US 101 near San Francisco General Hospital.
I will continue advocating for transportation projects in my district, and I appreciate your patience with temporary lane closures or other inconveniences. Improving our transportation system will not only create jobs and help our economic recovery today, but also encourage growth in future years.
Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) represents the 19th Assembly District, which includes the west side of San Francisco along with the communities of Broadmoor, Colma and Daly City. He lives in the Sunset District. He can be reached at (415) 557-2312 or at email@example.com. For more information and updates, visit https://a19.asmdc.org.