Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project

Project Overview

Folsom Street and 7th Street Intersection

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project is an effort to prepare for continued growth in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood.

Demand on SoMa’s streets is increasing and will only continue to rise. The City estimates a 212% increase in SoMa residents and a 140% increase in SoMa workers by the year 2040. We need to prepare thoughtfully for the coming growth that will place more demand on the neighborhood’s transportation network.

This project will focus on updating and upgrading the Folsom-Howard couplet. It will prioritize traffic safety, community livability and enhancing the neighborhood’s existing character. The initiative will also improve transit access and examine traffic circulation modifications.

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Project Details

SoMa has a high density of residents and workers because of the neighborhood’s amenities. It has abundant public transit options, walkable commercial areas, freeway access, and high numbers of people walking and biking. 

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will create better, safer streets on Howard between 3rd and 11th, and on Folsom Street between 2nd and 11th. This includes improvements to bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, upgrades to traffic signals, traffic circulation modifications, and changes to parking and loading.

This initiative is fully funded from planning and community outreach to construction, with $26 million in local funds.


The main goals for the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project include the following:

  1. Improve traffic safety
  2. Prepare for future demand on the transportation network
  3. Upgrade the space dedicated for people walking and biking
  4. Make improvements for future transit services


Concept designs for the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will be based on preliminary recommendations from the City’s Central SoMa Plan and the Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Implementation Planning Study.

A draft environmental impact report for the project is expected to be released later this year. This report will provide a general framework for the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project for the public to consider.


City staff is committed to gathering community input and ideas on the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project.

We need your feedback on projects elements like:

  • Parking and loading
  • Bikeway design
  • Pedestrian safety improvements
  • Public realm improvements
  • Open space


  • Predevelopment: Fall 2015 to Fall 2016
  • Community Outreach and Planning: Winter 2016 to Summer 2017
  • Legislation: Fall 2017 to Winter 2017
  • Detailed Design: 2018 to 2019
  • Construction: 2020 to 2022


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