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Howard Streetscape Project

Existing Conditions 

The Howard Streetscape Project area includes Howard Street, a westbound one-way street, that extends from 4th to 11th streets. Howard Street runs parallel to Folsom and Mission streets. The Moscone Convention Center, one of the largest traffic generators in the City, is located within the corridor and prior to the pandemic received one million visitors per year. 

The project will address dire safety concerns on Howard Street that resulted in three fatalities on the corridor between 2014 and 2019. In total, 152 traffic collisions have occurred on the Folsom-Howard couplet over this time, placing the corridor on San Francisco’s Vision Zero High Injury Network, where 13 percent of San Francisco's streets endure 75 percent of the total severe and fatal traffic collisions. More than half of these collisions involved a person walking or biking. 

Project Components 

Once completed, Howard Street will implement the following treatments: 

Roadway Configuration Changes 

  • Removal of one westbound travel lane on Howard Street between 4th and 11th streets 

  • Repaving of the Howard Street corridor 

Pedestrian Safety Improvements 

  • New corner bulb-outs that shorten crossing distances  

  • Traffic signals with improved timing   

  • Raised bikeway crossings that will prioritize pedestrians 

  • Leading Pedestrian Intervals or pedestrian head starts   

  • Raised crosswalks at alleyways 

Bicycle Safety Improvements 

  • New two-way protected bike lane on Howard from 4th to 11th streets 

  • Concrete buffers for parking-protected bikeways 

  • New concrete protection for bicyclists in intersections 

  • New separated bike signals with dedicated phases for cyclists and turning vehicles 

  • Raised bikeways at select alley crossings to prioritize a cyclist’s right-of-way 

Loading and Parking Improvements 

  • ADA compliant passenger loading zones to accommodate wheelchair ramp deployment 

Public Realm Improvements 

  • Tree-lined medians 

  • Civic Amenity Zones, or pedestrian spaces with customized pavers, historic plaques and district street signs 

  • New pedestrian street lighting 

Project Schedule 

The detailed design phase will begin in early 2022 and contract bidding is expected to begin in June 2023 so that construction can begin by January 2024.