gavin_newsom_thumbs_up.jpgSan Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said today the city has allocated $68.5 million this fiscal year for improvements to city streets and other infrastructure.

The announcement came at the completion of the city’s latest “Great Streets” project on Leland Avenue in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

The project included storm water management improvements, newly planted trees, curb ramps, light fixtures, sidewalk and street repaving, and public art.

Similar projects have already been completed on Valencia Street, Divisadero Boulevard, San Bruno Avenue, lower Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue.

Future projects are planned along Balboa Street, Cesar Chavez Street and 19th Avenue.
“We are making significant investments to improve and enhance public space in San Francisco that will serve today’s communities and generations to come,” Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin said in a statement.

Of the $68.5 million, $50.6 million will go toward street paving, $5.9 million for Great Streets projects and other improvements to public space, $4.7 million will be used for sidewalk inspection and repair, and $7.3 million will go to building curb ramps, the mayor’s office said.

Other grant funds announced today by the mayor’s office will be used for street infrastructure projects on Folsom Street, Second Street and Broadway.

Additional projects are planned for the Marina Green Bicycle Trail, the Port of San Francisco’s Cargo Way Bicycle Project, the 24th Street/Mission BART Plaza, transit and pedestrian improvements along Market and Haight streets, the Phelan Loop Public Plaza, and South of Market alleyways.

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