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Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project


Project Update

Public Works has contracted A. Ruiz Construction, Inc. to complete work on the Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project. Our contractor is expected to begin water main installation work on Potrero Avenue the week of December 7, 2015. However, in advance of the water main work, you may see crews "potholing" on Potrero and other neighboring streets. Potholing is the practice of digging an exploratory hole to expose underground utilities to ascertain the horizontal and vertical location of the facility.

Project Background

The project is a collaboration between neighbors and several city agencies (Public Works, SFMTA, and PUC) to maximize infrastructure upgrades in the area, improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to help beautify Potrero Avenue.

All of the upgrades are being constructed to coincide with the completion of the SF General Hospital Rebuild. Construction of the new hospital is expected to be complete in late 2015. The Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project is scheduled to begin construction in December 2015 with completion planned in Spring 2018.

The final design for roadway improvements is the result of five community workshops, valuable public feedback, and the neighborhood voting for their preferred option for transforming Potrero Avenue. Option 1 emerged as the preferred design alternative for Potrero Avenue.

The Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project will also bring a revitalizing facelift to the public space adjacent to the SF General Hospital with pedestrian safety improvements, wider sidewalks, new landscaping and new sidewalk amenities.

Preferred Option Community Letter, Dec. 20, 2013

Final Potrero Streetscape Improvements Concept images 

Scope of Work

Potrero Avenue, Alameda Street to the 101 On-ramp (map) / The streetscape improvement work will happen on Potrero Ave. between 21st and 25th streets.
22nd Street, Hampshire Street to Vermont Street
23rd Street, Potrero Avenue to Vermont Street
Vermont Street: 22nd Street to 23rd Street
Hampshire Street: 24th Street to 25th Street / The work at this location will be limited to work on the Muni overhead wires and poles.


SFMTA Traffic Engineering Public Hearing held February 14, 2014
SFMTA Board approved the project on March 28, 2014
Design: November 2013 - November 2014
Construction should begin in late 2015.
Completion in Spring 2018.


Construction Cost: $19.8 million. This project is funded through the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond Program, Prop K Tax Dollars, Department of Transportation, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.


Alex M. Murillo                                                   Cristina C. Olea
Public Affairs Officer                                            Project Manager
Alex.M.Murillo@sfdpw.org                                  Cristina.C.Olea@sfdpw.org
(415) 558-5296

Community Meetings

Community Open House #4: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Community Open House: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Community Workshop: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Community Meeting #1: Tuesday, March 26th

Last updated: 11/24/2015 2:07:21 PM