Improvements Continue for California Street Cable Car Line and Roadway: Phase Two includes closure of California Cable Car Line starting in January
Release date: 11/23/10
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), reminds Muni customers that Phase Two of the California Cable Car Infrastructure Improvement Project will require the closure of the California Cable Car Line for six months from January to July 2011. The SFMTA and the Department of Public Works (DPW) began Phase One of the project in September. For this project the SFMTA and DPW will replace aging underground components of the cable car line and repave 17 blocks on California Street between Drumm Street and Van Ness Avenue.
“The care and stewardship of the cable cars, a National Historic Landmark, are a vital part of our Capital Improvement Program,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “As we continue to reinvest in Muni, we invest in the future of San Francisco,”
The California Street Infrastructure Improvement Project is a result of years of planning and coordination between City agencies that will:
Phase One of the California Cable Car Infrastructure Project began in September and started work on sidewalk curb repairs, sewer replacement and curb ramps installation along 17 blocks of California Street between Van Ness Avenue and Drumm Street. A moratorium on street excavation and construction on commercial corridors will take place the day after Thanksgiving and into January. This routine moratorium helps minimize construction impacts to businesses and shoppers during the peak shopping season and reduces traffic congestion during this busy time of year.
Phase Two of the project will begin in January and replace aging electronic and mechanical components underneath the cable car trackway to ensure the continued safe operation of the cable car system. Work will also include reconstruction of concrete streets between Mason Street and Kearny Street and street repaving along California Street and any work remaining from Phase One.
Construction is scheduled for Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although night and Sunday work may be necessary. Noise and dust will be kept to a minimum.
Local businesses will remain open for business during construction.
Muni Service Impacts
The SFMTA, DPW and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are collaborating on the $24 million California Street Infrastructure Improvement Project. The total cost of the project is divided between the cable car line maintenance and improvements ($19 million), resurfacing streets and constructing curb ramps ($3.5 million) and the repair and replacement of sewers ($1 million). The last major overhaul of the cable car system on California Street was completed in 1984. As a result, much of the system’s infrastructure, including key electrical and mechanical components, is worn and in need of rehabilitation. The roadway along this corridor was also last resurfaced 25 years ago.
For more information about the cable car system and transportation alternatives, please visit www.sfmta.com/cablecar. For more information about street resurfacing and curb ramp installations, visit www.sfdpw.org.
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