Public Meeting Tomorrow On Folsom-Howard Streetscaping

Public Meeting Tomorrow On Folsom-Howard Streetscaping
Folsom Street: Elaine Gavin/Hoodline
By Elaine Gavin - Published on August 17, 2017.

The Folsom-Howard Steetscape Project continues to move forward with plans intended to increase SoMa's street safety.  

Muni is holding a public meeting tomorrow to discuss upcoming improvements on Folsom between Falmouth and 11th streets. The hearing will take place at 10am in room 416 at City Hall.

The $26 million project—intended to help reduce traffic fatalities in the area and improve Central SoMa's infrastructure—has a completion date set for 2022.

Friday's meeting will look at the near-term goals that can be implemented in a shorter timeframe, possibly by this winter. Meetings to discuss more long-term solutions to transit issues are tentatively slated for this fall. 

Map of the Central SoMa Project. | PHOTO: SF PLANNING

The upcoming Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project Meeting will review plans to work on improved visibility and traffic flow to sections of 11th Street between Folsom and Falmouth streets.

According to SFMTA, issues under discussion will include:

  • “use of paint and concrete treatments” which give clearer visibility to walkers and bikers
  • parking-protected bikeways 
  • new loading zones
  • installing new transit islands and bus shelters
Photo: Google Maps 

The items on the meetings docket have been developed from several earlier Folsom-Howard Project open houses and included feedback from 1300 survey responses, which included 20 community groups and 75 businesses.

More detailed information on proposed changes can be found in the project's agenda. 

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape is part of the citywide Vision Zero initiative, whose goal is to eliminate all pedestrian and traffic injuries by 2024, starting in areas considered part of a high-injury network, where 70 percent of fatalities occur.