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Release date: October 20, 2011
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Construction to improve connections to transit will impact traffic and Muni’s K Ingleside Line and 49 Van Ness-Mission Route
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that construction for the SFMTA Balboa Park Station Pedestrian and Bicycle Connection Project will begin this weekend on the north and south sides of Ocean Avenue at the I-280 freeway on-ramp. From 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 until 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, during construction hours eastbound traffic on Ocean Avenue will be one lane only and the K Ingleside Muni Line and the 49 Van Ness-Mission Muni Route will be impacted near the station.
The Balboa Park Station Pedestrian and Bicycle Connection Project will lead to improved safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in the vicinity of the Balboa Park Station. Earlier this month the SFMTA and the Department of Public Works (DPW) started installing curb ramps and pedestrian countdown signals on the north side of Ocean Avenue at the on-ramp to northbound I-280. On Oct. 22 DPW and SFMTA crews will continue this work on the south side of the street as well. Because this work is expanding and is now adjacent to the Balboa Park Station, it will require a lane closure and adjustments to Muni service. The traffic and transit impacts will only be in place during construction hours.
Saturday, Oct. 22 to Monday, Oct. 31
Muni Service Impacts
49 Van Ness-Mission
Parking Control Officers will be deployed at the Ocean Avenue construction area and at the intersection of Geneva and San Jose avenues to assist with traffic.
The Balboa Park Station Pedestrian and Bicycle Connection Project consists of several improvements around Balboa Park Station that will improve the comfort and safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, provide a better end-to-end transit experience and make transit more inviting and convenient.
The improvements will include traffic and pedestrian signal improvements, crosswalk enhancements, new curb ramps and new station wayfinding signs.
All improvements are expected to be completed by fall 2012. The SFMTA will continue to identify funding sources to implement the remaining improvement proposals in the study.
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