Castro Street Streetscape Improvement Project

Project Information

Castro Street between Market and 19th Streets is one of the most well-known neighborhood commercial districts in San Francisco, serving the needs of local residents and being the historic center of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) community. The project will enhance the streetscape experience with widened sidewalks, repaving, new lighting, and street trees. Additionally, in coordination with the community and local businesses, the streetscape project will host the Rainbow Honor Walk, with inlaid plaques of LGBT heroines and heroes as well as celebratory supplemental lighting and decorative crosswalks. These improvements will further elevate the neighborhood experience of an already famous city destination.

Castro Street Site and Section 
Castro Street Site and Section

Castro Streetscape Improvement Project Factsheetdownload_pdf 

In collaboration between the San Francisco Department of Public Works, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the improvement project sets to meet the concerns the local community addressed. Funded by the 2011 Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond and Federal Transportation Administration, the project will add special paving and barrier improvements to Jane Warner Plaza, ADA compliant curb ramps, bike parking, street trees, and bulb-outs at indicated intersections. Muni overhead wiring and catenary pole relocation is also within the scope of the project. In addition, all of Castro Street and a portion of 18th Street will be newly repaved. The project seeks to address the community feedback on the need for safer streets, wider sidewalks, and an improved street life experience.



Castro Street before


Castro Street after


Castro Street between Market Street and 19th Street


Conceptual design and community outreach phase: November 2012 – May 2013
Construction document preparation begins: May 2013
Construction begins: March 2014
Construction expected completion: November 2014

For more information on the public outreach and conceptual design stage of the project, please visit the Castro Street design page of the SF Planning Department.


$4.5 Million 2011 Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond
$2.5 Million Federal Transportation Administration
$1.3 Million SF Public Utilities Commission
Total: $8.3 million

Project Team

Department of Public Works
Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA)
Planning Department


Alex Murillo
Public Affairs Officer
(415) 437-7009