After more than two decades, 24th Street is set to be repaved from Guerrero Street to Potrero Avenue this summer, said officials from the Department of Public Works.
Crews from Ruiz Construction Company are currently excavating to replace sewer lines on Shotwell Street and repaving part of the north sidewalk of 24th between Treat Avenue and Harrison Street. The work will set the stage for repaving 24th, which will begin this summer.
“It’s long overdue,” said Alex Murillo of DPW.
Last repaved in 1991, 24th Street is now in critical condition, with a pavement condition index of 51 out of 100 – two points above the worst rank, which would require the surface to be ground and filled with a new layer.
This the third Mission neighborhood corridor to get a facelift, after Valencia and Mission streets. Construction tends to hurt business along the corridors that are being repaved, but many owners told Mission Local they understand it is necessary.
“It sucks, but I am sure it’s going to looks nice once it gets done,” said Scot Thompson, the owner of Mission Skateboards.
The project is funded by a general obligation bond, according to Murillo, and is a joint venture between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and DPW. The project includes resurfacing the street and replacing sewer lines and conduits.
Sewer replacement and sidewalk improvements began in February. The project is set to be completed by late summer, though the official deadline is in November.
There have been some glitches along the way.
Two major gas leaks during the project required nearby residents to evacuate. On Feb. 20, four buildings near 24th and Bryant streets were evacuated after contractors dropped a large rock on a natural gas main. Another gas leak occurred on March 14 near 26th and Alabama streets.
The leaks were caused by non-PG&E contractors, said Joe Maillika, a spokesperson for PG&E.
Thompson thinks he has lost some customers due to the construction noise, but added that crews come in early in the morning when most shops are closed and leave as rush hour picks up.
Other merchants whose customers come from out of town on weekends are concerned about parking, said Eric Arguello, the president of Calle 24, a longtime merchants association in the corridor.
To alleviate their concerns, construction crews will work in the mornings and wrap up in the early afternoon, during the corridor’s rush hour. There will be no construction on weekends, Murillo said.
“I encourage people to call me,” he said. “I don’t want people sitting upset at home. Give me a chance to resolve the issue.”
To contact Murillo, call 415-437-7009.
The Department of Public Works will hold a community meeting on Thursday April 25 at Leonard Flynn Elementary School to discuss the Cesar Chavez Streetscape improvement project and 24th repaving project. The meeting starts at 8 p.m.