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Unclogging the Cesar Chavez Traffic Sewer
Posted By Matthew Roth On February 4, 2009 @ 1:19 pm In Bicycle Infrastructure,Bike Lanes,Bus Bulbs,Buses,CC Puede,MAC,Pedestrian Infrastructure,Pedestrian Safety,PODER,SFBC,Traffic Calming,Urban Design,Urban Planning,Walking | 42 Comments
Now that the injunction appears to be just months from being lifted, CC Puede is
optimistic the project will be a triumph of organizing  that transforms a traffic wall between two neighborhoods
into a boulevard linking Bernal Heights with the Mission. The proposed bike lanes on both sides of the street will add connectivity to important segments of the Bicycle Plan, such as the widely used Valencia Street lane. The new lanes will be full time, too, unlike the measly offering currently on Cesar Chavez.
CC Puede's Fran Taylor lamented the delay, she found optimism in the
process, arguing "it could be good that it's taken three years because
people have had time to get use to the project." She noted that PVN was initially concerned that limiting throughput on Cesar Chavez would drive traffic to Precita Avenue. She said that there was substantial debate over what would happen with day laborers who often stand on Cesar Chavez waiting for work, though by bringing Day Labor Program  organizers to the table, many of the concerns were addressed.
The redesign project  was initially championed by Supervisors Dufty, Maxwell, and Ammiano (now Campos) and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the MTA, the Planning Department, and the Department of Public Works (DPW) worked with CC Puede and the community to refine the plan and give it the city's blessing. The PUC has delayed the reconstruction of a sewer main beneath the street with the expectation that the bicycle injunction will be lifted soon and the problem won't become too urgent, though project partners admit that timeliness is essential and the PUC won't be happy with further delays.
Planning's City Design Group spearheaded fundraising for the project that is expected to cost $6 million, of which $3 million will come from federal TEA-21 funds, $1.5 million from the PUC, $700,000 from a state grant to Planning and a $400,00 concession from the developer of a new building at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Mission Streets.
Andres Power of Planning described features of the new vision at a recent meeting at PVN:
Once the injunction is lifted the plan will begin construction immediately. Power expects the project to be completed within one year, which could be by the summer of 2010.
Photos: Planning Department
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URLs in this post:
 CC Puede: http://www.ccpuede.org/
 Precita Valley Neighbors: http://precita.org/
 Mission Antidisplacement Coalition: http://missionantidisplacement.blogspot.com/
 Mission Economic Development Agency: http://www.medasf.org/
 PODER: http://www.podersf.org/
 transform a traffic sewer into a livable street: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/18/CMAGSVIBI.DTL
 a triumph of organizing: http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=3045
 Day Labor Program: http://www.lrcl.org/daylabor/daylabor.asp
 redesign project: http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/planning/City_Design_Group/CDG_mission_cesarchavez.htm
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