SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory For Saturday, January 12, 2019
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13, 2019.
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For details of Muni re-routes, visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.
Hot Chocolate Run
Sunday, January 13, 2019: The 5K/15K Hot Chocolate Run will take place inside Golden Gate Park extending to The Great Highway ending at Music Concourse Drive. The 5K run will start at 7:20 a.m. and the 15K will start at 8:10 a.m. from Martin Luther King Drive. An approximate attendance of 10,000 runners is expected. Traffic is anticipated to be heavy during the race along John F. Kennedy Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, The Great Highway and Lincoln Way between La Playa and The Great Highway. For more details, visit https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sanfrancisco.
The following street closures will be required:
- From 8 to 11:30 a.m.: Lincoln Way between La Playa and Great Highway
- From 6 to 11 a.m.: Great Highway between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard
The following Muni routes will be affected: 18 46th Avenue; and 44 O’Shaughnessy.
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
UPDATE: Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvement Project
On Friday and Saturday nights for this and next weekend, January 11-13 and January 18-20, there will be temporary overnight closures to the Twin Peaks Tunnel. Bus shuttles will be provided for the KLM lines and will run while additional work is done. Neighbors should expect minimal disruptions as most activity will be inside the tunnel. Crews plan to use this time to replace and upgrade 33 fire suppression valves, repair superficial cracks, and finish replacing the fiber optic cables that aid citywide emergency communications. These closures are similar to those on previous weekends and only in effect when ridership is low late at night and early in the morning.
January 11-13 Weekend Overnight Details:
- West Portal and Forest Hill stations will be closed at approximately 11 p.m. on Friday and will reopen on Saturday at 9 a.m.
- West Portal and Forest Hill stations will be closed at approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday and will reopen on Sunday at 9 a.m.
- Buses will operate K, L and M routes between Embarcadero and each line's terminal destination. Buses will run every 20 minutes until OWL services starts.
- OWL service will not be affected by these closures.
Customers can board all buses at Muni Shuttle route stops, designated with a "Muni Metro Shuttle" yellow half-moon sign. For more information, visit SFMTA.com/TwinPeaks.
UPDATE: Van Ness Improvement Project
Friday, January 11, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., crews are scheduled to work on street light conduits and potholing to confirm underground utilities for upcoming work at the following locations:
- Van Ness at Filbert Street
- Van Ness between Filbert Street and Pacific Avenue
Because some work requires reducing Van Ness Avenue to one lane in each direction, work is limited to nighttime hours. For more project details and the latest construction updates, visit sfmta.com/vanness.
ONGOING: UCSF Mission Bay Arena Platform Project
In anticipation of the new Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center and growth in the Mission Bay, the SFMTA is constructing a new center platform along 3rd Street between South and 16th streets. This new, larger platform will service both inbound and outbound trains and greatly expand transit capacity in preparation for large crowds. Construction work is ongoing and a new platform is anticipated to be completed and in service in early summer of 2019. Bus substitutions will serve the T-Third line during parts of construction. For detail information and to sign up for email updates, visit https://www.sfmta.com/projects/ucsf-mission-bay-platform-upgrade. The UCSF Mission Bay Platform is now out of service through late April 2019. The T Third will continue to operate but will skip that stop. Customers should board at Mission Rock and Mariposa stations. In order to accommodate construction, bus shuttles will provide T Third service from Tuesday, January 22 through March 2019.
ONGOING: Central Subway Project
Utility upgrade work is ongoing Monday through Friday, overnight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at 4th and Howard streets. Westbound traffic on Howard Street may be impacted. One lane on the south side of Ellis Street is open at all times for eastbound traffic. The parking garage between Ellis and O’Farrell is accessible on the north side of Ellis Street. Street and sidewalk restoration work continues on the north side of the intersection of Ellis and Stockton streets, as well as on O’Farrell at Stockton. In Chinatown, the sidewalk on the west side of Stockton, south of Washington is temporarily closed adjacent to the worksite in order to facilitate utility upgrades. There is currently one lane of traffic open on both sides of Stockton between Clay and Jackson. For project updates, visit: https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/central-subway-project.
ONGOING: Third Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project
Emergency SFPUC Sewer Repair Work occurring near, but unrelated to the Third Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project, SFPUC recently discovered a short cracked section of sewer pipe used for outfall and the city has declared an emergency to perform needed repairs. Work will occur just north of the bridge in the two eastern lanes. Emergency repair work is not anticipated to cause additional impact to traffic in the area as work will be within an area that has already been closed off to traffic during the first phase of bridge rehabilitation work. Emergency repairs are anticipated to be completed by Friday, January 18.
Now through January 2020: Crews have begun Phase Two of the Third Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project. For more project details, visit: http://www.sfpublicworks.org/thirdstreetbridge.
ONGOING: Taraval Track Maintenance Work at 38th Avenue and Taraval Street
Since Wednesday, December 26 and will continue for about three weeks, L-Taraval track maintenance work will take place at the intersection of 38th Avenue and Taraval Street. During construction, the L Taraval rail service will operate without interruption. While Taraval Street remains open, vehicular traffic along 38th Avenue at Taraval Street will be detoured.
ONGOING: Construction of Mission Bay Loop
The SFMTA has resumed construction on 18th, 19th and Illinois streets, the project is expected to be completed in spring 2019. Traffic, including travelling by bike, may be affected by the construction work. All work areas will be clearly marked and there will be flaggers to help direct traffic. In order to conduct the work, parking on both sides including along the historical Crane Cove Park fence (east side of Illinois Street) will be removed 24 hours, 7 days a week from 18th to 19th and Illinois streets for the duration of the project.
A partial street closure is currently in effect in order to accommodate duct bank work on Illinois Street between 18th and 19th streets until the end of 2018. Outer traffic lanes traveling both north and south on Illinois Street will remain open for through traffic. Immediately following the duct bank work, the track work will begin.
Local access to properties along the project site will be maintained. Sewer work is scheduled to be completed by summer 2018. For project details or to sign up to receive project updates, visit: https://www.sfmta.com/missionbayloop.
Martin Luther King Day Holiday Muni Service, Parking Will Be Enforced
Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Day Holiday), Muni will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
Parking meters and seven-day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping and commuter towaway will not be enforced.
Vehicles creating a hazard and/or an unsafe condition (i.e. double parking, blocking a bike lane, blocking driveways, blocking crosswalks, fire hydrants, etc.) are subject to receiving citations and can possibly be towed.
Note: Parking meters in the City are enforced Monday through Saturday with the exception of the following areas where parking meters are enforced seven days per week throughout the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:
- Parking meters in the Fisherman’s Wharf area
- On and near The Embarcadero roadway
- In the Special Event Area around Oracle Park
- Five metered off-street parking facilities listed below:
- 8th Avenue at Clement Street
- 9th Avenue at Clement Street
- Geary Boulevard at 21st Avenue
- 18th Avenue at Geary Boulevard
- Pierce Street Garage (between Lombard and Chestnut streets)
Women’s March San Francisco
Saturday, January 19: The Women’s March will hold a rally at Civic Center Plaza beginning at 11:30 a.m. The march will commence from Civic Center Plaza at around 1 p.m. and proceeding along Market Street and ending at Embarcadero Plaza (formerly Justin Herman Plaza). There will be no activities at Embarcadero Plaza. For event details, visit https://womensmarchbayarea.org.
MLK March and Celebration
Monday, January 21: Beginning at 11 a.m. the MLK March will start near 4th and King streets and conclude at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at approximately noon. The MLK Celebration will be held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Caltrain’s Celebration Train will arrive at the 4th and King Street Station at 10:55 a.m.
Walk for Life
Saturday, January 26: The annual Walk for Life West Coast will stage a rally and march. There will be speakers at Civic Center Plaza beginning at 10:45 a.m., an information faire at 11 a.m. and followed by a rally at 12:30 p.m. The march will commence at 1:30 p.m. from Civic Center Plaza to Market Street ending at Embarcadero Plaza (formerly Justin Herman Plaza). The march may not completely clear off Market Street until 6 p.m. For event details, please visit http://www.walkforlifewc.com/event-info/event-schedule/.
IBM Think 2019
Tuesday, February 12 through Saturday, February 16: The IBM Think 2019 conference will be held at Moscone Center from Tuesday, February 12 through Saturday, February 16. Attendance of more than 40,000 is anticipated. Conference activities will take place at Moscone North, South and West, as well as at YBCA and in the Metreon and Yerba Buena Gardens. Heavy pedestrian traffic should be expected around Moscone Center and on 3rd and 4th streets between Howard and Market streets. For more information visit https://www.ibm.com/events/think/.
The following street closure will be required:
- Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets will be closed from 7 p.m., Thursday, February 7 to 11 p.m., Sunday, February 17.
- In addition there will be lane closures and parking restrictions on Howard Street between 2nd and 3rd streets, and between 4th and 5th streets and on 3rd Street between Folsom and Mission streets.
Significant traffic congestion is anticipated in and around Moscone Center for the duration of the closure. Travelers are encouraged to take public transportation or use alternate routes. There will be heavy pedestrian traffic in the area. Howard Street traffic will be detoured via southbound 2nd Street to Harrison Street, or via New Montgomery Street to Hawthorne Street to either Folsom or Harrison streets.
There are signed bicycle detours for people on bikes on Howard Street to turn north at 2nd Street to Market Street. People on bikes who wish to stay on Howard Street have the option to dismount at Howard and 3rd streets and walk their bicycle through the event along the north sidewalk. Signage has been placed in advance of the street closures and detour routes. Caltrans has activated electronic message signs on major freeways entering the city to notify motorists of the closures. SFMTA Parking Control Officers and San Francisco Police Officers will be deployed at key intersections throughout the closures.