Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project

Just when you thought they couldn’t make your life any worse, SFMTA and the city of San Francisco, outdo themselves once again. They spend a fortune of your money to make you miserable.


I wanted to touch base with you regarding the Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project. The project is a multi-agency (Public Works, SFMTA, and PUC) effort to improve safety and upgrade infrastructure along Potrero Ave. and neighboring blocks. The scope of work will include sewer main replacement, water main installation, curb ramps, bulb-outs, bus-ramps, some sidewalk widening, center-islands, bus pads, street lighting upgrades, tree planting, Muni OCS work, street base repairs, etc. Work is scheduled to begin this month with overall completion expected in Spring 2018.

This project is led by Public Works and I’ll be your point of contact during construction. Please pass along this notice to members and anyone else you think might be interested in the project. Additional information on the project can be found by visiting our webpage at www.sfdpw.org/potrero

Thank you.

Alex M.

Public Affairs Officer

Murillo, Alex (DPW)” <Alex.M.Murillo>


Project Update

Public Works has contracted A. Ruiz Construction, Inc. to complete work on the Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project. Our contractor is expected to begin water main installation work on Potrero Avenue the week of December 7, 2015. However, in advance of the water main work, you may see crews “potholing” on Potrero and other neighboring streets. Potholing is the practice of digging an exploratory hole to expose underground utilities to ascertain the horizontal and vertical location of the facility.

Project Background

The project is a collaboration between neighbors and several city agencies (Public Works, SFMTA, and PUC) to improve safety for people walking and biking, maximize infrastructure upgrades in the area, and to help beautify Potrero Avenue.

All of the upgrades are being constructed to coincide with the completion of the SF General Hospital Rebuild. The Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project is scheduled to begin construction in December 2015 with completion planned in Spring 2018.

The final design for roadway improvements is the result of five community workshops, valuable public input, and the neighborhood voting for their preferred option for transforming Potrero Avenue. Option 1 emerged as the preferred design alternative for Potrero Avenue.

The Potrero Avenue Roadway Improvement Project will also bring a revitalizing facelift to the public space adjacent to the SF General Hospital with pedestrian safety improvements, wider sidewalks, new landscaping and new street lights.

Preferred Option Community Letter, Dec. 20, 2013

Final Potrero Streetscape Improvements Concept images

Scope of Work

Potrero Avenue, repaving Alameda Street to the 101 On-ramp (map) / The streetscape improvement work will happen on Potrero Ave. between 21st and 25th streets.
22nd Street, Hampshire Street to Vermont Street
23rd Street, Potrero Avenue to Vermont Street
Vermont Street: 22nd Street to 23rd Street
Hampshire Street: 24th Street to 25th Street / The work at this location will be limited to the Muni overhead wires and poles.


SFMTA Traffic Engineering Public Hearing held February 14, 2014
SFMTA Board approved the project on March 28, 2014
Construction will begin in December 2015.
Completion in Spring 2018.


Construction Cost: $19.8 million. This project is funded through the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond Program, Prop K Sales Tax Dollars, Federal Transit Authority, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.


Alex M. Murillo Cristina C. Olea
Public Affairs Officer Project Manager
Alex.M.Murillo Cristina.C.Olea
(415) 558-5296

Community Meetings

Community Open House #4: Thursday, November 7, 2013


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