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South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build Project

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The South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build Project Virtual Engineering Public Hearing is now live for public commenting. The public comment period will close on October 27, 2021 at 11:30 p.m. Following October 27th this site will be live for the public to explore the project and get more information, but will not be open for comments. Click below to access:

Combined Virtual Open House and Public Hearing 

Reunión abierta virtual y audiencia pública de ingeniería 

網上模擬開放日和工程公聽會

 

Online Office Hours and In-Person Tabling Events: 

SFMTA project team staff will be hosting in-person tabling and online office hours to discuss the project proposal with you in detail and provide opportunities for you to ask questions.

Online office hours will be held at the following times:

  • Friday, October 15: 1pm to 2:30pm (online or by phone)
  • Wednesday, October 20: 2pm to 3:30pm (online or by phone)
  • Monday, October 25: 9:30am to 11am (online or by phone)

Online office hours will be held on Microsoft Teams. Click below to access online office hours during the posted times. You are also able to call in (audio only) with your phone by dialing (415)-915-0757 ext. 231195421#.

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In-person tabling will be held at the following times:

  • Thursday, October 14: 4pm to 6pm (in front of House of Brakes @ South Van Ness Avenue & Calle 24)
  • Sunday, October 17: 12pm to 5pm (at Phoenix Day, on Valencia Street between 16th Street and 24th Street)

If you have submitted a public comment and would like to see the SFMTA staff response to your comment / question, responses to comments can be found here (last updated for comments received before October 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm):

SFMTA Staff Responses to Public Comments Received

Project Introduction

Through the SFMTA’s Vision Zero Quick-Build effort, the SFMTA plans to introduce additional safety improvements along South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission neighborhood. The South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build project proposes implementing a “road diet” (lane reduction) and signal timing changes on South Van Ness Avenue between 14th Street and Cesar Chavez (project limits subject to change based on planning & outreach process). The new roadway design proposal consists of two travel lanes (one in each direction) and a center two-way left turn lane with left turn lanes at each intersection. Curb management improvements to provide additional room along the curb and reduce double parking will also be implemented where needed.

Project Timeline 
Winter - Spring 2021
Outreach and Design
Pending
Summer - Fall 2021
Environmental Review and Project Approvals
Pending
Winter 2021
Project Implementation
Pending
2022-2024
Project Evaluation
Pending
Project Status
Environmental Review
Detailed Design
Improvements
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Pedestrian safety improvements
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Improved curb management
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South Van Ness Avenue

Safety Needs

South Van Ness Avenue is on San Francisco’s High Injury Network, the 13% of city streets that account for over 75% of serious injuries and fatalities.

  • In the five years spanning 2015-2020, there were over 190 reported collisions along South Van Ness Avenue from 14th Street to Cesar Chavez.
  • South Van Ness Avenue has one of the worst KSI (killed or seriously injured) rates of any street on the High Injury Network in San Francisco. 
  • The top three collision causes along South Van Ness Avenue are red light violations, speeding, and violation of left turn right-of-way.
  • 17% of all collisions along South Van Ness Avenue in the years between 2015 and 2020 involved pedestrians. There was one pedestrian fatality in 2015 and one pedestrian fatality in 2019.

This project stems from the SFMTA’s Vision Zero Quick-Build Program, which was created as a result a mayoral directive to install faster and higher quality treatments to reduce collisions and improve traffic safety. The South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build project supports San Francisco's Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries.

Proposed Changes

South Van Ness Avenue today is a four-lane undivided roadway from the US-101 freeway on-ramp south of 13th Street to its southernmost point at Cesar Chavez.

The South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build project proposes the following design elements to help reduce speeding and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians:

  • Traffic Lane Reduction from four lanes (two in each direction) to three lanes (one lane in each direction with a center two-way left turn lane dividing the travel lanes). This lane reduction, commonly referred to as a "road diet", will still have enough capacity for today's traffic levels, as well as for some traffic growth. 
  • Center Two-Way Left Turn Lane to allow drivers to turn left at alleys or driveways without blocking a travel lane
  • Left Turn Pockets at Intersections to provide left turning drivers with a separate turn lane without blocking thru traffic
  • Traffic Signal Timing Changes that aim to promote safer, steadier traffic flow through the corridor and reduce speeding
  • Improved Curb Management to allow businesses & community organizations to better utilize curb space for loading without blocking a vehicle lane

South Van Ness Avenue - Existing Striping (Typical Block)

South Van Ness Avenue - Proposed Striping (Typical Block) 

South Van Ness Avenue - Existing Cross-Section

Cross-sectional view of a typical existing block on South Van Ness Avenue.

South Van Ness Avenue - Proposed Cross-Section (Midblock)

Cross-Sectional View of Proposed Striping on a typical midblock segment of South Van Ness Avenue.

 

Recent Efforts

A number of safety measures have already been implemented along South Van Ness Avenue, including:

  • DaylightingIn early 2020, red curbs were installed at the approach to all intersections along South Van Ness from 14th Street to Cesar Chavez to improve sightlines at crosswalks.
  • Continental crosswalks have been installed at all intersections from 14th Street to Cesar Chavez, increasing crosswalk visibility.
  • Advance Stop Lines were installed at all intersections in summer 2020, providing extra space between stopping vehicles and pedestrians in the crosswalk and increasing visibility at intersections.
  • Leading Pedestrian Intervals were added crossing South Van Ness Avenue from 18th Street to 26th Street in 2017-2019, giving pedestrians a head start to cross the intersection before vehicles are given a green light.
  • Higher Visibility Signals with larger lenses and mast arms over the roadway were installed throughout the corridor in 2017-2019.
  • Painted Safety Zones were installed at various intersections along South Van Ness Avenue in 2015, encouraging drivers to slow down when making turns.

Check out SFMTA's Pedestrian Improvements Toolkit for more information about how these measures enhance pedestrian safety.

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