Vote set on major Lombard St. renovation project

- San Francisco transportation officials are set to vote Tuesday afternoon on a plan to make a major thoroughfare safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Some of the people who frequent the area say Lombard street, between Franklin and Francisco, seems more like a highway than just a road because of all the heavy vehicle traffic.

Lombard is technically part of Highway 101, coming from the Golden Gate Bridge.

However, the street cuts through a residential area and As many as 80,000 people a day walk across or along Lombard. That’s according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

During a five year period, the SFMTA found that there were 150 crashes on Lombard. Two pedestrians were killed and 20 others suffered major injuries.

The proposed changes include widening sidewalks, creating at least three islands for pedestrians in the middle of the road, creating more bus boarding areas and more visible crosswalks.

But there is a trade-off. Street parking around all the major intersections on Lombard would have to be cut back. The SFMTA says about 50 parking spaces will be lost as a result of this project.

The cost of the project is about $12 million. Construction could begin as early as the summer of 2017.

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