Crews will be back at it in the Castro next week replacing the sidewalk section adjacent to buildings as work on the second phase of the streetscape project ramps up.
As the Bay Area Reporter noted last month, fencing around the newly poured sidewalk extensions along the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street came down in early June to provide pedestrian access to the widened pathways.
But due to a late start this winter, crews ran out of time to replace the entire sidewalks by a self-imposed deadline to wrap up work by June 17 so as not to interfere with the Frameline LGBT film festival and Pride activities in the city’s gayborhood.
According to a posting today on a website tracking the project, demolition of the remaining older sections of sidewalk will begin Monday, July 14 on the east side of the 400 block of Castro Street, between 18th and Market streets. This portion of the sidewalk work will be done at night in order to allow for customer access during daytime business hours.
The contractor, Ghilotti Brothers of Marin, plans to tackle each block separately. It expects to work on the east side of the 500 block of Castro Street, between 18th and 19th streets, from July 17 to August 1.
Next up will be the west side of the 500 block of Castro Street, between 18th and 19th Streets, from July 28 to August 8. And the final segment, on the west side of the 400 block of Castro Street, between 18th and Market streets, is set to be completed between July 30 and August 13.
The work on each block will also entail adjusting utility boxes for PG&E, Comcast, and AT&T, grading adjustments, and the final pouring of the new sidewalk. Also to be installed are the Rainbow Honor Walk’s first 20 plaques.
The walk honors LGBT people who have made significant contributions to society. The plaques are set to be officially unveiled toward the end of the project in late September or early October.
Once the sidewalk work is finished, then crews will begin installing new street lights and pedestrian scale lights, rewire the overhead Muni lines, plant street trees, etch historic facts about the area into the sidewalks, install bike racks and leaning rails. One of the last steps will be to repave the roadway and install rainbow crosswalks at the 18th Street intersection.
Work at Jane Warner Plaza and the Market Street intersection are scheduled to be part of the final phase of the project.
City officials said this week that the project “is still on track to be substantially complete” by the Castro Street Fair, which will be held this year on Sunday, October 5.