Geary Rapid Project Takes Down Decades-Old Pedestrian Bridge

Work continues on SFMTA's Geary Rapid Project in San Francisco.
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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

If you need to be out and are in the area of Geary Blvd. and Steiner St. in San Francisco, you’ll notice a significant construction project underway at that intersection this holiday weekend.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's Geary Rapid Project includes the demolition of a pedestrian over-crossing at the intersection. The ongoing project is intended to improve bus service and pedestrian safety on Geary Blvd. between Stanyan St. and Market St.

"This bridge was built back in 1962," SFMTA Spokesperson Erica Kato said. "It’s pretty old, and it’s actually not ADA compliant. So wheelchair users don’t even have proper access to this bridge."

Reminder: Now through tomorrow the Pedestrian Bridge at Geary and Steiner will be removed as part of the Geary Rapid Project. The 38/38R will have a reroute. For reroute and detour details: https://t.co/EfldTWGRO2 pic.twitter.com/bdWij09lAx

— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) May 24, 2020

SFMTA studies suggest that more than 80% of pedestrians crossing Geary Blvd. at that intersection use the crosswalk instead of the bridge. Kato said this project has been in the works for some time, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not derailed it.

"The plan was always to schedule this around Memorial Day when there are fewer cars on the roads because so many people are getting out of the Bay Area," Kato told KCBS Radio. "But given the current situation, traffic patterns are already very light on Geary as is."

According to the SFMTA's project website, the areas where the bridge ramps used to be will be repurposed for adjacent San Francisco Recreation and Park sites later this year.

The work started Friday night and is expected to continue through the long weekend.

The Geary Rapid Project is on schedule to be completed by Summer 2021.