Ocean-themed improvements planned for neighborhood safety and beauty
Construction began early in November on the Taraval Streetscape Improvements Project. The project area stretches from 46th Avenue to 48th Avenue on Taraval Street, a commercial corridor serving the surrounding residential area in the Outer Sunset.
The Taraval Streetscape improvements include more visible crosswalks, enhancing pedestrian safety along the corridor; a public seating area, new landscaping and street trees to revitalize the stretch; and streetlight upgrades and roadway paving to make the street safer.”
This project is paid for by San Francisco voters who approved the Road Repair and Street Safety Bond.
“The Taraval Streetscape Improvement Project is one example of how the Road Repair and Street Safety Bond, passed by voters in 2011, has brought necessary infrastructure improvements to our neighborhoods,” said District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, who represents the Sunset. “This project brings long overdue investments to key commercial corridors, and our community looks forward to the pedestrian safety, landscaping, and corridor revitalization improvements along lower Taraval.”
The Taraval Streetscape improvements include more visible crosswalks, enhancing pedestrian safety along the corridor; a public seating area, new landscaping and street trees to revitalize the stretch; and streetlight upgrades and roadway paving to make the street safer.
The crosswalks at 46th, 47th, and 48th avenues will be decorated with a blue wave pattern, a nod to the nearby Pacific Ocean. Pervious pavers will be installed in the parking strip allowing rain water to percolate into the aquifer instead of the sewer. The existing exposed cobblestones along the Muni tracks will remain.
The scope of work will include a safer crosswalk at 47th Avenue; and bulb-out landscaping will be installed along the improved corridor.
The streetscape will include a new traffic roundabout at the intersection of 48th Avenue and Taraval Street. An artistic gateway will be installed in the middle of the roundabout. The piece, featuring three concrete “sails,” is being created by Colette Crutcher, a Bay Area artist known for her mosaic staircases. Her design will reflect the oceanic theme of the neighborhood. A second decorative gateway is being developed with help from Supervisor Tang’s office, to be installed on the façade of Congregation B’Nai Emunah at 46th Avenue.
The contractor, L. C. General Engineering and Construction, Inc., will take steps necessary to minimize the impact of construction between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day holidays. No work will be performed on the commercial block on Taraval between 46th and 47th avenues during the holidays.
Construction of the $1.2 million streetscape improvement project is expected to be completed by April 2015.
San Francisco Public Works is partnering with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (Invest in Neighborhoods program), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and City Planning. Other key partners include Supervisor Tang, neighborhood residents and merchants.Info: visit SF Public Works Taraval Streetscape Improvements Project.