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South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build Project Fact Sheet May 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build Project

The South Van Ness Avenue Quick-Build Project is an effort to implement traffic safety improvements along an important corridor in the Mission neighborhood by installing cost-effective and temporary design treatments that can be installed quickly. This project is in support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero commitment of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries.

Over the past five years, there have been over 190 reported traffic collisions that resulted in an injury. One in six collisions involved a pedestrian, and there have been two pedestrian fatalities since 2015. Red light violations, speeding, and violation of left turn right-of-way accounted for the majority of injury collisions between 14th Street and Cesar Chavez.


  • Improve safety for pedestrians
  • Reduce speeding
  • Improve curb management


South Van Ness Avenue is on San Francisco’s High- Injury Network, the 13 percent of city streets that account for 75 percent of serious injuries and fatalities. The proposed project extents are on South Van Ness Avenue from 14th Street to Cesar Chavez.



This project proposes the following changes to improve traffic safety along South Van Ness Avenue. These quick-build improvements are reversible, adjustable treatments that can be installed relatively quickly. Unlike major capital projects that may take years to plan, design, bid and construct, quick- build projects are buildable within months and are evaluated after construction.

Signal Timing Changes

Changes to traffic signal timing can promote safer, steadier traffic flow through the corridor and reduce speeding.

Curb Management Changes

Passenger and commercial loading zones allow businesses and community organizations to better utilize curb space for loading.

Travel Lane Reduction (Road Diet)

Fewer travel lanes increase pedestrian safety and comfort when crossing the street. Reducing the number of travel lanes will also encourage driving at safer speeds, which reduces the risk of injury.


We want to hear from you!

Scan the QR code with your smartphone or go to to take our survey and provide your feedback about the proposed changes.



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