Weekend Traffic And Transit Disruptions: Earth Day, Cherry Blossom Fest, 4/20

Earth Day Celebration
On Saturday, the 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration will take place in United Nations Plaza and on Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more event details, please visit www.earthdaysf.org.

There will be an Earth Day March beginning at 11:30 a.m. from Justin Herman Plaza, travel west on Market Street into United Nations Plaza. The march will travel on one west bound traffic lane.

Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected, and attendees should expect high passenger volume on public transit. Motorists should allow extra travel time or use alternate routes.

There will be no street closures and no impact on Muni service.

Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade
On Saturday and Sunday, the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival will take place. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with the Grand Parade being held on Sunday.

The following street closures will be required for the festival:

From 4 a.m., Saturday to 11 p.m., Sunday:
Post Street between Steiner and Fillmore streets
Webster Street between Geary Boulevard and Sutter Street
Buchanan Street between Sutter and Bush streets
Intersection: Post Street at Webster Street

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday:
Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place between Grove and McAllister streets

From noon to 6 p.m., Sunday:
Post Street between Fillmore and Steiner streets
Avery Street between Geary Boulevard and Post Street
Intersection: Avery Street at Post Street
The parade units will gather at Civic Center at 11 a.m. on Sunday for the Cherry Blossom Grand Parade. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and follow a route from Polk and McAllister streets, north on Polk Street and west on Post Street to disband between Fillmore and Steiner streets.

All intersections along the parade route will remain open except when the parade passes. Streets will re-open as soon as possible after the parade passes and the streets have been cleaned.

The following Muni routes will be affected:
2 Clement
3 Jackson
5 Fulton
19 Polk
21 Hayes
22 Fillmore
31 Balboa
38 Geary
47 Van Ness
49 Van Ness-Mission
76X Marin Headlands

Union Street Spring Celebration
On Sunday, the 24th Union Street Spring Celebration will take place on Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be an Easter parade at 2 p.m.

Formation of the parade will be on Green Street between Franklin and Gough streets. The parade will begin on Green Street, then proceed north on Gough Street, west on Union Street, north on Fillmore Street and east onto Filbert Street where the parade will disband.

The following street closures will be required from 2 a.m. to midnight:
Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets
Green Street between Franklin and Gough streets
Octavia Street between Filbert and Green streets
Laguna Street between Filbert and Green streets
Webster Street between Filbert and Green streets
Buchanan Street from Filbert and Green streets
Intersections: Octavia, Laguna, Buchanan and Webster street on Union Street

The following Muni routes will be affected:
22 Fillmore
30 Stockton
45 Union-Stockton

Easter Sunrise on Mount Davidson
On Sunday, the annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the top of Mount Davidson beginning at 6:30 a.m. The SFMTA will provide Muni service on the 36 Teresita beginning at 5 a.m. until the start of the service from Forest Hill Station to Myra Way and Dalewood Way. After the service concludes, Muni will provide service from Myra Way and Dalewood Way to Forest Hill Station.

Event at Golden Gate Park
On Sunday, A large group of participants is expected to gather at Sharon Meadows inside Golden Gate Park. [Ed note: I think that the SFMTA is talking about 4/20 here, but it too delicate to say as much -- ELB]

The following street closures will be required by the San Francisco Police Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Kezar Drive between Lincoln Way and John F. Kennedy Drive
Stanyan between Frederick and Oak streets
Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan streets

During the street closures, Muni buses will be allowed through the closed streets. Personnel from SFPD and SFMTA will determine to re-route Muni buses as crowds grow. Muni bus re-routes will be expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m.

Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected around the event area.

ONGOING WORK: M Ocean View Line Rail Rehabilitation Project
As an ongoing effort to maintain the infrastructure in a state of good repair, SFMTA will replace the aging tracks on the M-Ocean View Line on San Jose Avenue between Geneva and Niagara avenues.

Construction work hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Work has begun and is estimated to last for six weeks.

During construction hours, M Ocean View line will operate on regular Muni buses between stops at Broad Street and Plymouth Avenue and at San Jose and Geneva avenues. These buses will serve the same rail stops. Regular train service will operate between Broad Street/Plymouth Avenue and Embarcadero Station.

UPDATE: Market and Haight Streets Transit and Pedestrian Improvement Project
The night sewer work on Haight Street to reconstruct the manhole at the Haight and Octavia intersection has been extended and is expected to complete this Saturday. The night work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the following day.

During the construction hours, the Haight and Octavia intersection will remain open to traffic.

The ongoing daytime sewer work on Haight Street between Octavia and Gough and Market streets intersection will continue for at least another two weeks. Weather permitting, the construction work hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As part of the project, reconstruction of the manhole at the Gough and Rose streets intersection is expected to begin next week with work hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The ongoing sewer work requires closures of the center traffic lanes and removal of street parking on weekdays.

The construction includes replacement of sewer line on Haight Street between Octavia and Market streets; construction of an eastbound transit-only lane on Haight Street between Laguna and Market streets; and widening of sidewalks and upgrade of traffic signal at the intersection of Haight and Gough streets.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

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