“We’ve been relocating utilities and digging out this box right under Fourth Street and barely anyone knows it was happening.”
Central Subway workers prepare for boring machine [Chron] [Ex]

“Airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; San Diego, Philadelphia and San Francisco, as well as Chicago’s Midway Airport, are also expected to experience significant delays, the officials said, although they didn’t provide estimates on how long those delays might be.”
Flight delays, including at SFO, could start with furloughs beginning today [AP via Ex]

“Last repaved in 1991, 24th Street is now in critical condition. It has a Pavement Condition Index of 51 out of 100 – two points above the worst ranking category, which would require the surface to be grinded and filled with a new layer.”
24th Street to be Repaved This Summer [ML@L]

“On one end of the spectrum, spots that are comfortable for most anyone aged eight to 80 to ride a bike were colored with a deep blue. On the other, high-stress spots that are ‘tolerated only by the ‘strong and fearless’’ were marked with a deep red. Needless to say, the map had lots of red, and very little blue.”
Spot-By-Spot, or Route-By-Route? SFMTA Refines Its Bicycle Strategy [Streetsblog]

“Facts were indeed drowned out by vocal attendees at the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association meeting on March 19, which was packed with people opposed to removing even a sliver of car parking to make room for safety measures like protected bike lanes and sidewalk expansions. “
Did Safer Polk St. Opponents Pack a Meeting With Friends From Out of Town? [Streetsblog] [Rob Anderson]

” To facilitate a soil boring, the parking lane on Powell Street between Union and Columbus may be closed during construction hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) from Monday, April 22, until Wednesday, April 24.”
Construction Update | April 20-29 [Central Subway]

“The apparent lowest bidder is Tudor Perini with a bid of $840 million. Although the bids are higher than estimated, they fall within the project budget of $1.6 billion. We will work with our policy board and funding partners to move forward with this major contract.”
Bids opened for major stations, track and systems contract (SFMTA Contract 1300) [Central Subway]

“Here’s the harsh truth, folks: It’s not all about you. I believe the vast majority of the city would love to have a north-south subway that extended from SoMa to Fisherman’s Wharf.”
The hole in subway opponents’ arguments [Chron]

“To choose the most effective safety measures, however, we need to have a better understanding of the causes behind the dangers. That is why a recent action by a bipartisan group of members of Congress from 26 states and the District of Columbia is such an important step for San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.”
Let’s make SF streets safer for pedestrians [Chron]

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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