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Year long water main replacement project slated for Clement Street

Get ready for some traffic disruptions along Clement Street for the next year.

Starting March 23, 2015, a SFPUC contractor will embark on a 300 day project to replace the water main lines below Clement Street from Arguello to 14th Avenue. The blocks of Arguello Boulevard from Geary to Lake will also have its water main pipes replaced.

According to the SFPUC:

    The contractor will most likely begin on Clement and Arguello and work west towards 14th, then work on Arguello. For Clement the pipe is to be installed on the north side of Clement Street although parking will be impacted on both sides of the specific block the contractor is working on.

    For Arguello Boulevard the pipe will be installed on the east side of the street and the contractor will likely work from Geary to Lake.

    The contractor will post no parking signs on the blocks affected, once work begins they will saw cut the street where the new pipe is to be installed; then demolition of the asphalt; installation of pipe, back fill and temporarily paved and the move on to next block. The connections from properties to new pipe will be performed by the water department and will come later in the project. There will need to be a short interruption of water service to make these connections and advanced notice will be given and every effort to accommodate the best time for businesses will be made.

A 30-day notice will be mailed to all business/residents along the project route, and any business/residents that will have their water service interrupted during the project will also be notified.

We asked Roberto Lopez of the SFPUC how this construction will affect the weekly Sunday Farmer’s Market that runs on Clement from 9am to 2pm. His response:

    I’ve been in communication with the Farmer’s Market to discuss this. The contractor is likely to move all equipment/materials off Clement Street on blocks where the Farmer’s market occupies (Arguello to 4th). Any areas where a pipe trench is present and where not enough time to back fill and temporarily paved will be plated over with steel plates.

You all know the drill – old city, old infrastructure that needs replacing. Deep breaths, people!

Sarah B.

4:36 am | Posted under Traffic, Utilities | 11 comments

Photos: SUV plows over a fire hydrant at 6th & Lake

Photo by Benton R.

On Saturday around 11am, a SUV backed over a fire hydrant, resulting in a flooded mess.

Witnesses report the woman driving the SUV said she got in her car, started it up, and the next thing she knew she had backed over the hydrant.

Water flooded out for about an hour until SFFD could move the car and cap the hydrant. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Sarah B.

Photo by Benton R.

9:48 am | Posted under Traffic, Utilities | 14 comments

Mother and child on bike struck by driver at 7th Avenue and Geary

Photo by Derek

On Friday afternoon around 4pm, a cyclist was struck by a driver at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Geary.

According to one reader, a SUV driving westbound on Geary ran a red light and hit a cyclist riding southbound on 7th Avenue.

Witness Vincent Scully, who was driving behind the SUV saw the driver run the red light and honked his horn to warn her but it was too late. Scully said he didn’t know there was anyone in front of the SUV until he saw the bicyclist falling into the intersection.

The driver of the SUV did stop at the scene of the accident and cooperate with police.

SFGate reports that the mother suffered a broken leg and the toddler suffered bumps and bruises. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment and are expected to survive.

Police blocked traffic on Geary between 6th and 7th Avenue in the westbound direction as well as traffic on 8th Avenue while the accident scene was investigated.

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the crash or has additional information call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.

Thanks to reader Derek for the report.

Sarah B.

Photo by Derek

Photo by Derek

10:42 pm | Posted under Traffic | 27 comments

Local Links: Mescolanza / Luna Rossa shuffle, Oscars at Balboa, Fulton speeds reduced

Photo by Eugene Kim

Happy Friday, Richmond District! Here are some local links to ease you into the weekend…

  • Mescolanza recently closed which saddened some fans, but a new, nearly identical concept called Luna Rossa opened in its place. It’s no accident – the owners of Luna Rossa were the original owners of Mescolanza back in the day and sold the lease, and the restaurant’s name, to an employee. But now they’re back, and after displacing their tenant, Mescolanza, have opened Luna Rossa. Reader Boots says the same Mescolanza server is even working there, and the menu is nearly identical. Boots also said word on the street is that the Mescolanza chef is planning to reopen near 2nd and Geary in the future.
  • And the Oscar goes to…The Balboa! They’ll be hosting an Oscar viewing party on Sunday starting at 4pm. Host Reed Kirk-Rahlmann will be on hand with his irreverent Awards Party mudslinging which begins at 7pm as the ceremony commences. Tickets are available online or at the Balboa box office (it usually sells out so get ‘em quick).
  • Mind your accelerator when you’re driving on Fulton as the speed limits were recently reduced. Reader Steve informs that new speed signs have been posted: “30mph westbound from Stanyan to 36th (down from 35), 25 from 36th to 38th (in front of the Senior Center), then 35 from 38th to the beach; eastbound it’s 35 from the beach to 38th, 25 from 38th to 36th, back up to 35 again from 36th to 25th, then 30 from 25th to Stanyan.”
  • The Jiu Jitsu Academy (710 La Playa) is offering a free self-defense class for women on Monday, February 23rd. To register, email Info@csjiujitsu.com.
  • Pretty alert! Check out the video below for some stunning night views over San Francisco in super super hi definition.

4:15 am | Posted under Business, Events, Food, Traffic | 10 comments

Find yourself braking for green lights on Geary?

Back in November, we told you about a new tracking system that SFMTA was installing on Geary to improve the flow of Muni buses.

You may have noticed the Proxim Radio sensors that are perched on Geary stoplights. The GPS devices are designed to keep lights green when a Muni bus is approaching. The system also has the ability to make red lights shorter based on the presence of a bus.

The end goal is to speed up bus service along the corridor.

But the new system is having a strange effect on some drivers, who find themselves braking to a stop at intersections when the light is still green.

The reason? They have become reliant on the pedestrian countdown displays.

“I thought I was seeing things, and started to drive oddly as I would slow down after seeing that the pedestrian countdown ended, but the green light doesn’t change to yellow right away as most lights do, I felt like I was a Student Driver again. :),” reader J. told us in an email.

J. is not alone. We have done the same thing multiple times, looking to the pedestrian countdown as an indicator for when the light will be turning yellow, and then red.

As the countdown reaches 1 or 0, drivers are understandably preparing to stop to avoid running the light. But as they stop, the light remains a full green even though the pedestrian countdown shows a Don’t Walk signal.

The good news is that this is “safe” behavior, but does make for a confusing driving experience (and the potential for getting rear-ended).

Is anyone else experiencing this? Leave a comment to let us know.

Sarah B.

Some feedback from readers:

11:24 am | Posted under Traffic | 27 comments

Photos: Tree topples on Park Presidio; narrowly misses car and uproots pipe

Around 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon, a large tree fell over on the 500 block of Park Presidio near Balboa.

The tree fell into the Park Presidio roadway, narrowly missing a vehicle carrying two adults and a young girl.

SFFD and SFPD were on the scene quickly, taking a chainsaw to the tree’s branches to clear it from the roadway.

The tree also uprooted an irrigation pipe in the Park Presidio greenbelt. It could be seen spewing water onto 14th Avenue.

Traffic was moving again by 5:15pm, but Rec & Park was still working to cap the irrigation pipe.

Thanks to Kenji K. for the update and photos.

Sarah B.

Photo by phoca2004

Photo by phoca2004

Photo by Kenji K.

Photo by Kenji K.

7:13 pm | Posted under Parks, Traffic | 3 comments

Repairs on Lake Street sinkhole to continue through Tuesday, Dec. 9

11:52 am | Posted under Traffic | 7 comments

Water main break opens large sinkhole at 6th Avenue and Lake Street

Overnight, a water main break underground at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Lake Street caused a large sinkhole to open up.

We first learned of the hole around 7:30am this morning, and when we arrived at the scene at 8:30am, firefighters and police were on the scene. The intersection, as well as the blocks of Lake Street and 6th Avenue leading up to it were closed to traffic.

Workers were attempting to shut off the water line, which could be heard gushing water. A gas line is also located near the water main break.

This is a big sinkhole, but not quite as large as the one that opened up at 2nd Avenue and Lake in May 2013.

Expect the intersection to be closed off for much of today while repairs are put in place.

Sarah B.

UPDATE 11:24am: Now that crews have punched through the sinkhole, it’s gotten quite large:

Photo by Joe K.

SFPD blocking off 6th Avenue to car traffic (at California)

10:39 am | Posted under Traffic, Utilities | 15 comments