This civic improvement project will bring San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit system. To maximize the benefits of construction, the City will also be replacing major utilities including water, sewer and emergency firefighting water systems, repaving Van Ness Avenue, enhancing streetlights and landscaping, and installing new sidewalk lighting and rain gardens.

Project benefits include more reliable and efficient public transit with shorter travel times, safety enhancements for people walking and driving, and reduced vulnerability and increased reliability for our utility systems.

Construction in the median of Van Ness has begun and includes the removal of contaminated soil, 86 trees and the concrete curb. This work is necessary to provide room for construction activity and to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction over the next three years of construction. Curbside utility work is scheduled to begin in April.

Traffic Impact:

On Monday, January 16, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., the Overhead Contact System that powers the electric buses will be removed on Van Ness from McAllister to Sutter streets. During these hours, the following lane closures will be in effect:

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  • Curbside and center lanes on Van Ness southbound from McAllister to Post streets.
  • Median lanes on Van Ness northbound from McAllister to Post streets.
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On Tuesday, January 17, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., the striping on the roadway on Van Ness northbound at Hayes Street will be redone. During these hours, the following lane closures will be in effect:

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  • Median lane on Van Ness northbound from Fell to Hayes streets.
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Weather permitting, the number of traffic lanes will continue to be reduced from three to two on Van Ness in two block segments each weeknight through January.
Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen field conditions.

For more project details and the latest construction updates, please visit sfmta.com/vanness.