According to a page on the SFMTA website, changes will be made to Arguello Boulevard for the purpose of improving pedestrian and bike safety.
Known as the Arguello Boulevard Safety Project, the plans include:
Buffered Bike Lane: Narrowing the existing 15-foot wide vehicle travel lanes allows for space to paint a buffer zone alongside the existing bike lanes on Arguello Boulevard.
Daylighting at Intersections: Removing one parking space on the approach to crosswalks.
Bike Boxes and Two-Stage Left Turn Boxes: Paint treatments that allow bicycles to make safer turns into and out of side streets and that create a space for bicycles waiting at red lights.
Left-Turn Prohibition – McAllister Street: This project will restrict southbound vehicles from turning left onto eastbound McAllister Street and will paint a median across the mouth of McAllister Street to physically block this turning movement. Drivers will also be unable to turn left from westbound McAllister Street to southbound Fulton Street.
Signal Upgrades to Fulton Street/Arguello Blvd Intersection: Upgrade the traffic signal at Fulton Street to allow for a protected left-turn for vehicles making a southbound left turn from Arguello to Fulton Street, plus a “lagging left-turn” from eastbound Fulton Street to northbound Arguello Boulevard. Changes will also restrict cars from turning left from westbound Fulton Street to southbound Arguello Blvd. into the park.
Reconfigure Turn Pockets: Remove the left-turn pocket on northbound Arguello Boulevard at Anza Street and replace it with a right-turn pocket. Other turn pockets on the corridor will be reconfigured to add bicycle wayfinding markings.
The approval for the initial phase of work will be on the agenda at the upcoming August 16 SFMTA Board of Directors meeting. This includes “paint-only” improvements like the buffered bike lanes, intersection daylighting, the painted median at Arguello/McAllister Street, some changes to turn pockets, and intersection wayfinding for bikes.
In late 2017, the final phase of work will take place in coordination with a repaving project on Arguello Boulevard. These 2017 improvements include making the current painted pedestrian islands at McAllister, Cabrillo, and Golden Gate into raised concrete islands, building pedestrian bulbouts and a new Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon (pedestrian crossing beacon) at Arguello/Cabrillo, and making the painted median across McAllister Street into a raised median.
In case this project is news to readers (it was to us), it was because there hasn’t been any media outreach yet on it. In January there was a public walkthrough of the project. The public was notified by the SFMTA via a mailer that was sent to all residential and commercial addresses on Arguello (and to all side street addresses within a one block radius of Arguello Boulevard).
Another public walkthrough was held on May 25th to address the proposed alteration to vehicle circulation at McAllister Street and Arguello Boulevard, which had been revised since the original concepts.
For more information on the project, including the ability to sign up for email updates, visit the project website.
Thanks to Charles Ream at the SFMTA for providing us with the latest information and drawings.