Freeway Sign “Eyesore” Comes Down on Cesar Chavez

Photo: Lynn and Margo via ##http://bernalwood.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/ugly-ass-roadsign-across-cesar-chavez-removed-at-last/##Bernalwood##

With an ongoing overhaul, western Cesar Chavez Street is looking less and less like a freeway these days, but the changes aren’t only happening on the ground. At about 2 a.m. Friday morning, city crews took down an overhead navigational freeway sign pointing drivers to the 101 freeway — the kind of motor-oriented infrastructure expected to be seen on freeways themselves, not on a street running through a neighborhood.

Bernalwood posted pictures of the removal of the “ugly-ass roadsign” taken by a couple, Lynn and Margo, who said they have lived with the “eyesore” at their home on Hampshire Street for 25 years.

Cesar Chavez, previously known as Army Street, was widened in the mid-20th century to serve as an “arterial” connector between 101 and the Mission Freeway, which was envisioned by freeway planners but never built. Step by step, the mistakes which the Freeway Revolt didn’t prevent are slowly being undone.

Streetscape work on western Cesar Chavez is expected to be completed in January, according to the Department of Public Works.

Army Street in 1931, before it was widened to serve as a traffic sewer between freeways. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfplsanfranciscohistoricalphotographcollection/6290227154/##SF Public Library/Flickr##
  • Tom Radulovich

    Good news. Hopefully the freeway-style sign on San Jose Avenue will be next.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully the free-way style of the road itself will be next!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t we get rid of this horrible interchange altogether? Seems like it would be fairly simply:

    1) Demolish every aerial structure, apart from the main NB and SB roadways of US-101.

    2) South of 101, re-align the SB roadway of Bayshore next to the NB roadway, now that there isn’t a freeway exit ramp coming down between them.

    3) North of 101, have Bayshore continue into Potrero, with a regular at-grade intersection with Cesar Chavez. Naturally we should include protected bike lanes and two center running BRT lanes in the design. Remove the remaining slip roads.

    Optional extra steps, for if we have to continue to provide freeway access:

    4) North of Cesar Chavez, have the SB exit and NB entrance ramps for 101 come down to meet Cesar Chavez at grade. Keep them as close to the freeway roadways as possible.

    5) South of Cesar Chavez build a new NB exit ramp that leaves the freeway just south of the point where it crosses Bayshore, travels over Bayshore and then comes down to meet Cesar Chavez at grade, opposite the NB entrance ramp.

    6) Also south of Cesar Chavez, have a new SB entrance ramp start at Cesar Chavez opposite the SB exit ramp, travel over Bayshore, and join the freeway just south of Bayshore at the same point as the old entrance ramp did.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome. Now if somebody could make a graphic showing this and get some artist to do a ground-level view of the proposed intersection, maybe we could get some interest in actually doing this ….

  • Andy Chow

    If Americans can learn to accept it, I think a multi-lane roundabout would be a suitable replacement instead of a signalized large intersection.

  • Anonymous

    I’m from the UK, the land of multi-lane roundabouts at freeway interchanges. They are very efficient at getting traffic on and off freeways but are totally inappropriate for an urban environment.

  • vcs
  • Anonymous

    Nice! Design Option A is pretty much exactly what I proposed.

  • Eric Fischer

    The multilane roundabout was the pre-1974 condition. I don’t know what specifically was wrong with it but it worked badly enough for them to put the money and effort into building the current ramp system.

  • vcs

    I’d predict Option B, due to the absense of long flyovers ramps and driving on the left.

  • Filamino

    This is stupid. They should at least replace it with a smaller sign. The overhead sign is the easiest way to guide drivers in the right direction. Anyone who thinks this is a good idea probably does not drive and has no clue about how drivers react to signage.

  • Filamino

    This just goes to show how clueless you are Tom. Maybe you should try driving for once instead of vilifying all drivers like many people here. Drivers will not be able to react in time and will make sudden lane changes without the sign. Oh wait, drivers are evil and we should make the roads so unsafe for drivers so that they can kill everyone so that you can vilify them.

  • Filamino

    This just goes to show how clueless you are Tom. Maybe you should try driving for once instead of vilifying all drivers like many people here. Drivers will not be able to react in time and will make sudden lane changes without the sign. Oh wait, drivers are evil and we should make the roads so unsafe for drivers so that they can kill everyone so that you can vilify them.

  • Filamino

    This just goes to show how clueless you are Tom. Maybe you should try driving for once instead of vilifying all drivers like many people here. Drivers will not be able to react in time and will make sudden lane changes without the sign. Oh wait, drivers are evil and we should make the roads so unsafe for drivers so that they can kill everyone so that you can vilify them.

  • Filamino

    This just goes to show how clueless you are Tom. Maybe you should try driving for once instead of vilifying all drivers like many people here. Drivers will not be able to react in time and will make sudden lane changes without the sign. Oh wait, drivers are evil and we should make the roads so unsafe for drivers so that they can kill everyone so that you can vilify them.

  • Filamino

    This just goes to show how clueless you are Tom. Maybe you should try driving for once instead of vilifying all drivers like many people here. Drivers will not be able to react in time and will make sudden lane changes without the sign. Oh wait, drivers are evil and we should make the roads so unsafe for drivers so that they can kill everyone so that you can vilify them.

  • So the only way to solve this problem is a giant sign archway overhead?

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