For Immediate Release
August 14, 2006
Contact: Christine Falvey
Tel: (415) 554-6931
City Seeking Comment on Utility Undergrounding Projects
San Francisco, Ca –The San Francisco Utility Undergrounding Task Force is seeking public comment on future utility undergrounding efforts. The Task Force, established by the Board of Supervisors, develops recommendations related to the undergrounding of utility wires and the removal of utility poles in the City.
Beginning August 15, 2006, the survey will be available at www.sfdpw.org and www.sfgov.org/uutf.org or residents may call 554-4860 to receive a mailed copy. The Task Force will develop a report regarding undergrounding in San Francisco following the survey results.
The Department of Public Works is administering the Utility Undergrounding Program. Utility poles have been removed and wires placed underground on forty-six miles of designated streets throughout the City. However, due to a lack of funding, there are no plans to continue undergrounding when the present project is completed. Should residents indicate an interest in continuing the undergrounding of utility wires, the City will persevere in its efforts to identify funding sources.
Forty-six miles of wires have been undergrounded in the City, which brings the total number of undergrounded streets to about 50 percent. When this current project is complete, no new funds have been identified for the next ten years for additional work.
The survey will be available from August 15th to September 15th and the results will be compiled by Task Force members and be included in a report to the Board of Supervisors this coming fall.
For general questions related to undergrounding please contact the Department of Public Works at 554-4860.