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Water and sewer replacement work returns to Haight & Fillmore next week

Haight Street from Steiner looking towards Fillmore. Photo: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on September 01, 2020.

Although work on the Haight and Hayes streets sewer, water and paving project was completed in September 2018, crews will dig up the intersection of Haight and Fillmore streets once again starting next week.

Public Works spokesperson Alex Murillo told Hoodline that during the excavation on the Haight and Hayes project, crews discovered that an Emergency Firefighting Water Supply System cross bore needed to be relocated in order to complete sewer work at the intersection.

To avoid delay and escalating costs on that project, he said, the relocation work of that water supply system and sewer work at the Fillmore intersection was removed from the previous contract and placed into a new, separate contract.

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The new round of work at Haight and Fillmore is expected to take approximately three months to complete. Once replacement and connection work is complete, the intersection will also be repaved.

Work is permitted seven days a week, but no work is currently scheduled on the weekends, according to a notice published by Public Works. Street parking will not be possible near the intersection during work hours. Crews will take a break on the project from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.

Some neighbors might recall late-night construction during the last project that kept residents awake. This time, while excavation and pipe installation work will occur during the day, the final water line connection work may also happen overnight. That work is expected to take no longer than one to two nights.

The San Francisco Water Department might schedule the final connection during the night because that's the period with the least water demand, according to the notice. The Water Department will notify residents about any overnight construction.

In the meantime, street construction projects also continue in the Upper Haight. The most recent work includes sidewalks, resurfacing, bulb-outs and new curbs.

Photo: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline

New traffic signal lights on Haight Street, at intersections including Scott, Pierce and Shrader streets, as well as Buena Vista Avenue, have been installed along the corridor but won't be turned on until spring of next year, Murillo said —  PG&E still needs to connect them. Once the lights are powered, Public Works will begin removing any obsolete streetlight poles, traffic signal poles and stop signs.

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