Sloat Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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Sloat Boulevard Pedestrian Enhancement Project (Caltrans)

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), working in conjunction with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and San Francisco Public Works is planning various pedestrian enhancement projects along the Sloat Boulevard (State Route 35) corridor between 36th Avenue and 21st Avenue.

 

The proposals were presented to the community at public meetings in the neighborhood on January 13, 2016 and again on February 9, 2016.  Community members were asked to fill out a questionnaire, which are currently being compiled and reviewed.  Once available, the information provided in the questionnaires will be provided here at this web site.  After all of the community input has been reviewed, Caltrans, SFMTA and

Public Works will provide final proposals. 

 

Next Steps

Once the revised proposal for parking, bulb-out and Muni modifications are prepared, they will be presented at an SFMTA engineering public hearing.  Ultimately, the proposals will be presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors for consideration for approval.  Public input is welcome at both meetings, and the meeting schedules will be posted once available.

 

Project Elements

Pedestrian crossing:

 

Caltrans is planning to repave Sloat Boulevard between Skyline Boulevard and 19th Avenue in San Francisco.  As part of this repaving project, Caltrans will upgrade intersection curb ramps and pedestrian walkways to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.  Furthermore, Caltrans is planning to install five Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (commonly referred to as “HAWK” beacons) at the following locations:

       Sloat Boulevard/21st Avenue

       Sloat Boulevard/26th Avenue

       Sloat Boulevard/El Mirasol Place

       Sloat Boulevard/Everglade Drive

       Sloat Boulevard/36th Avenue

 

These pedestrian beacons would be similar to the one that was recently installed at Sloat Boulevard/Forest View Drive.  Additionally, Public Works completed installing another Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon at Sloat Boulevard/23rd Avenue in March 2016. The crossing signals are activated by pedestrians with a push of a button, giving drivers a red light for safer crossings.

 

An alternative design is being considered at the intersection of Sloat Boulevard/El Mirasol Place which would result in full signalization of the intersection.  This would allow for greater flexibility in routing Muni’s No 57 Parkmerced line by allowing the bus to make a U-turn at this location, creating a direct connection to the Lakeshore Plaza Shopping Center.  This element is still under review and the recommended control for the intersection will be provided in the revised proposals.

 

Bulb-outs

To supplement the planned pedestrian improvements along Sloat Boulevard, Caltrans, in coordination with SFMTA, is proposing installation of pedestrian bulb-outs at these four locations:

 

       Sloat Boulevard/21st Avenue

       Sloat Boulevard/26th Avenue

       Sloat Boulevard/El Mirasol Place

       Sloat Boulevard/36th Avenue

 

Bulb-outs are a commonly applied pedestrian tool to enhance pedestrian visibility, shorten the crossing distance and tighten turning radius.  More information on bulb-outs can be found at the following links:

 

San Francisco Better Streets Plan

http://www.sfbetterstreets.org/find-project-types/pedestrian-safety-and-traffic-calming/traffic-calming-overview/curb-extensions/

 

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

http://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/street-design-elements/curb-extensions/ 

 

Muni modifications:

Two of the pedestrian bulb installations would result in the need to relocate Muni bus zones at Sloat Boulevard/21st Avenue and Sloat Boulevard/26th Avenue.  Additionally, the existing eastbound bus zone at Sloat Boulevard/El Mirasol Place is located between the crosswalks, which is a non-standard bus zone location.  As such, it is proposed that this bus zone be located further west, towards Middlefield Drive.  All of these bus zones serve the Muni ‘s No. 23 Monterey line.   

Overall proposal:

Review  

Neighborhood meetings

Lowell High School– February 9, 2016 

Lowell High School – January 13, 2016

 

Sloat Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project (San Francisco Public Works)

Sloat Boulevard is State Highway 35 connecting Skyline Boulevard to the west with Highway 1 through a San Francisco residential area. The Sloat Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Improvement project includes safety improvements at three intersections along Sloat Boulevard between 19th Avenue and Skyline Drive: 23rd Avenue, Forest View Drive and Everglade Drive. The renovation will provide a safer environment for pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and transit riders with the installation of special traffic calming features.

Phase Two pedestrian safety improvements began construction in February 2016.  Enhancements were completed by April 1, 2016 including:

Update - March 7, 2016

The contractor will continue working at Sloat Boulevard at 23rd Avenue for the next 10 days or so.  During this time the contractor will be conducting sidewalk demolition and restoration work and/or curb ramp installation on each corner and at the median at Sloat Boulevard and 23rd Aveune.  The schedule is subject to change depending on weather, conflicts with underground utilities or other unexpected delays. 

Phase One pedestrian safety improvements installed in Summer 2013 include:

  • Sloat Boulevard at Forest View Drive: Bulb-outs, median extension, curb ramps, crosswalks, and a new pedestrian activated crossing beacon. For more information, download the Sloat Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Project factsheet.

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Public Notices

Presentations

Locations

Phase I:

  • Sloat at Forestview

Phase II:

  • Sloat at Everglade Dr.
  • Sloat at 23rd Ave.

Schedule

Phase II

  • The project is being rebid due to contractor’s request to withdraw from the project and so the award rescission was granted.
  • The project was re-advertised on 7/2
  • Bid opening on 8/12
  • Bay Area Lightworks, Inc. was awarded the contract. The Notice to Proceed (NTP) date is 11/30/15. The contractor began work in February 2016.

Phase I

  • Completed September 2013

Cost/Funding

Total: $1 million
This project is funded through a combination of a federal highway safety improvement grant and local matching funds.

Project Team

Public Works and SFMTA

Contact

John Thomas
Project Manager
(415) 557-4668