San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Officials Celebrate Second Street Improvements Project
New streetscape design, part of a multi-year overhaul of the corridor, was completed despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and delivers new transit islands, pedestrian & bike safety features, and design enhancements for residents & workers.
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MAYOR LONDON BREED AND CITY OFFICIALS CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF THE SECOND STREET IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT
Mayor London N. Breed and City officials today celebrated the completion of the transformative Second Street Improvements Project, which increases safety for people who walk and bike, improves Muni efficiency, replaces aging infrastructure, and offers a more welcoming environment along a busy South of Market corridor that connects major transit hubs and Downtown.
Second Street stretches eight blocks from Market to King Streets, connecting the South of Market neighborhood with historic Market Street and the Financial District to the north. It is an important connecting corridor for people who live in the area as well as people commuting to offices and attending events at Oracle Park.
"Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the City has continued to make progress on important infrastructure projects like these, which will play an important role in our upcoming recovery," said Mayor Breed. "This projected created more than a hundred jobs for workers in the construction trades, which helped keep people employed over the past year. Now, as we start to emerge from the pandemic and have people return to the office and events in the area, this corridor will connect our neighborhoods and keep our residents safe."
Construction on the Second Street Improvements Project began in November 2017 and continued uninterrupted during San Francisco's Stay at Home Order, which allowed work to continue on essential infrastructure. This project supported more than 120 construction and electrical trade jobs at a time when putting people to work was crucial.
Yesterday, San Francisco entered the Orange Tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning San Francisco will open non-essential offices up to 25% capacity, bars and breweries for outdoor service, and some indoor family recreation up to 25% capacity. San Francisco has also established a timeline to resume outdoor arts, theater, and music performances and festivals for audiences of up to 50 people beginning April 1 and is working to create guidelines for outdoor spectator sports and large outdoor entertainment venues as well, which will further draw people back to San Francisco's downtown and the Second Street corridor.
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