The SFMTA released its proposal for redesigning Sixth Street between Market Street and Howard Street, including renderings of the upgraded SOMA streetscape. Traffic lanes would be reduced from four to two, sidewalks would be widened (making room for more landscaping and seating), and green-painted bike lanes would be added. Intersections would get raised crosswalks, extra-wide speed bumps, and textured pavement intended to reduce driving speeds.
The SFMTA is currently soliciting input from the community, but environmental review for the development is expected to begin in January and might take 16 to 18 months. Although the project isn’t funded yet, city officials expect little difficulty given the high number of pedestrian injuries in the area.
The city will be adding new lighting and other minor upgrades in the meantime, and has already added painted sidewalk extensions to Sixth Street with the goal of reducing the number of lanes pedestrians must cross.
For more information about how streetscape improvements will affect property values in SOMA, contact neighborhood professional Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources: SF Streetsblog
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