Van Ness Avenue Enhancement Project


Project Information
Several stakeholder meetings were held from August 2005 to June 2006 to gain community input on the plan. DPW coordinated with the Transportation Authority’s Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which proposes dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, pedestrian improvements, and transit platform improvements. DPW also collaborated with numerous other City agencies, and would like to thank the Mayor’s Office of Greening, City Real Estate, the Arts Commission, and the Municipal Transportation Agency for their dedication to the project. In addition, valuable input was received from neighborhood stakeholders, including Civic Center Commission, CSAA, Honda, Lighthouse for the Blind, and Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, among others. 


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Four major goals were identified through the planning process:
• Creating a classic civic design that will both complement the existing architecture and enhance this historic district
• Honoring the unique cultural resources in the area by promoting a more pleasant pedestrian experience
• Balancing the needs of all transportation users, from pedestrians to cars
• Improving the City’s environment by extending green space on our streets

Van Ness Avenue will see an innovative vision of improvements brought to life in the Civic Center area, from Market to McAllister Streets. Together with raised planters of blooming shrubs and new street trees, accented by decorative paving and ornamental metal rails—Van Ness Avenue Enhancements has enhanced the grand historic character of this important district.

For more information, visit the Van Ness Avenue Enhancement Project Factsheet.

For more infomation on traffic and  related impacts during this project, please visit Construction in Your Neighborhood.

Van Ness Avenue between Market and McAllister Streetsraised planters of blooming shrubs and new street trees, accented by decorative paving and ornamental metal rails

Complete Construction: Spring  2010

Total project costs: $1.4 million

Project Team 
Department of Public Works (DPW)
Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)


Kris Opbroek
Great Streets Program Manager
(415) 558-4045

A. Ruiz Construction Co. & Assoc., Inc.