San Francisco’s Great Highway to reopen for cars August 16

A stretch of San Francisco’s Great Highway that was closed to cars during the pandemic will reopen Monday through Friday beginning August 16, the Mayor’s Office confirmed.

The highway, which was closed between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard, will still be off-limits to weekend and holiday cars, the office added, seemingly an uncompromising effort between the current state of the highway and the frustration that drivers expressed during the pandemic.

Mayor London Breed said in a statement: “The use of the highway during this pandemic reveals what we can do to give our residents and their families more opportunities to enjoy the west side of our city.” “Having the highway closed on weekends and holidays will make sure that residents and visitors can still enjoy this incredible space, while recognizing the needs of our families and residents who need to go to school and work during the week as we reopen. “

Many locals in the Sunset embraced the transition from the highway to a promenade for walking, cyclists and rollerbladers. About 32,000 cyclists and pedestrians are now estimated to use the road on a weekly basis, a study by the County Transportation Authority found.

According to a mass survey of the 4,000 San Francisco residents, 53 percent were in favor of keeping the Upper Highway close to post-pandemic car traffic. Twenty-one percent of respondents wanted to see it return to its status as a four-lane line.

Activist groups such as WalkSF have expressed concern about the newly announced plan, noting that “a public process” was already underway before the proposals of Supervisors Gordon Mar and Breed were announced.

SFGATE reporter Madeline Wells contributed to this report.

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