munitoken.jpgThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency launched a yearlong construction project today along the Fulton Street stretch of the 5-Fulton bus line, agency officials said.

With construction spanning from Eighth to 32nd avenues, the work includes installing electrical feeder cables and ductbanks underground. Overhead poles will also be replaced and 19 curb ramps will be built at seven intersections, according to the SFMTA.

Starting at 32nd Avenue, block-by-block construction will progress weekly, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said.

Preliminary and preparatory work started today, with more noticeable changes to the San Francisco Municipal Railway line expected throughout the week.

Construction crews estimate the project will be complete in a year and that the work will make the route faster and more reliable, Rose said.

“Having the cables underground helps prevent weather issues and unexpected collisions,” Rose said.

To install the ductbanks, crews will dig three- to five-foot wide trenches. Street traffic and the bus route should not be heavily affected by construction despite partial lane closures and restricted parking, Rose said.

Construction on the 5-Fulton route is part of a system-wide project to put all Muni cables and ductbanks underground over the next 15 to 20 years, Rose said.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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