Visionary Second Street Project Breaks Ground

Long in the works, the Second Street Improvement Project broke ground early this month, kicking off a two-year construction period to transform Second Street into multimodal corridor with protected bike lanes and raised crosswalks along the entirety of the corridor.

On the corner of Second and King streets, our now-late Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim, and a handful of department heads and neighborhood activists gathered in front of the cameras to celebrate the beginning of the final phase for the project. This visionary corridor improvement has been in planning since 2012, hitting several roadblocks along the way, but all of the speakers praised the community’s persistence in getting the design approved and shovel-ready.

We could not have come this far without the many members contributing their time and resources to seeing this project advanced. To everyone’s who’s made this possible: thank you. And even if you didn’t chip in to see Second Street transformed, now’s a great time to invest in making transforming more streets into more livable, bikeable places across our city.

The new design will stretch along the entirety of Second Street from Market to King and reduce automobile travel lanes in both directions to repurpose space to make this popular commercial corridor more welcoming. Where there were only sharrows before, brand new bike lanes physically protected from faster moving traffic lanes by transit boarding islands will make the street safe for people riding bikes and Muni, while raised crossings at the midblock alleys will improve safety for people walking.

Construction for the project is scheduled to take about two years and will be phased along four different segments of the street. See the diagram below for the segment and timeline details Any questions regarding the construction process are best directed to Public Works Information Officer Coma Te at

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