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The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is working on another quick-build project in pursuit of Vision Zero goals: the Sloat Blvd quick-build. The impetus for this project is not only that this portion of Sloat is on the High-Injury Network, but also because the Great Highway Extension will soon be turned into a recreation area under the Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Plan.
Due to erosion, the Great Highway between Sloat and Skyline will be permanently closed to vehicles starting in 2024 and will be turned into a recreation area. In addition to the ongoing pilot program on the Great Highway for a weekend promenade, this project will draw more bicycle, foot, and bus traffic to the southwest corner of the City. We want to encourage more people to take sustainable modes of transportation to enjoy the attractions in this area, including the SF Zoo, Ocean Beach, and Lake Merced. Currently, accessing this part of the city on bike can be difficult and safety improvements are necessary.
The Sloat Blvd quick-build will improve access and safety between 47th Ave and Skyline Blvd by adding a two-way protected bike lane and pedestrian improvements. The design will also add new bus islands and upgrade traffic signals.
Due to a short timeline, this project is not as expansive as we would like it to be. However, we have communicated to the SFMTA that we need to see further improvements to the area as soon as possible, such as transforming the intersection with Skyline. For the time being, this project will greatly improve safety and accessibility and it’s an important first step.
The Sloat Blvd quick-build has already passed its first hurdle. On Friday, June 16, it was heard at the SFMTA’s engineering hearing and was approved the following week. We gave public comment in support of this project at this hearing.
Now, on Tuesday July 18, the Sloat quick-build will go to the SFMTA Board for its final approval. Sign up to receive updates on the project and to give public comment when the time comes.