Construction starts on bike and walk improvements at Balboa Park Station 

A new project to improve bike and pedestrian access at Balboa Park Station begins this weekend.

The undertaking includes traffic and pedestrian signal improvements, crosswalk enhancements and new curb ramps, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, which runs Muni and is overseeing the project.

Balboa Park has long been the focus of critics, including district Supervisor John Avalos, who said the station has been neglected for years.

The bike and pedestrian upgrades are part of an overall station improvement plan that is expected to be completed in 2012.

Construction begins 7 a.m. Saturday, and lasts until 3 p.m. Oct. 31.

During that time, the K-Ingleside trains traveling inbound and outbound will bypass Balboa Park Station and stop at intersections near the transit depot. The 49-Van Ness-Mission will also skip the station for a temporary stop located on Ocean Avenue.

Private automobile parking on the south side of Ocean Avenue will be prohibited and the construction will result in single-lane traffic on the eastbound portion of Ocean.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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