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Street safety improvements coming to schools and playgrounds in SF’s south side

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Streets surrounding schools and parks on San Francisco’s south side are set to see engineering improvements to guard against traffic collisions.

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai secured $600,000 for short-term street safety improvements where children play in the neighborhoods he represents, including the Excelsior, Mission Terrace, Outer Mission and Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside neighborhoods, among others.

That funding was approved by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority board Tuesday morning. Safai is a member of the SFCTA board and Board of Supervisors.

“We are going to prioritize looking at our neighborhood parks first,” Safai said, at the SFCTA meeting. “We hope to, in an aggressive manner over the next year, get many speed bumps installed.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will use the funding to create 32 speed humps and speed cushions and upgrade 18 intersections in District 11. The planned street upgrades also include painted safety zones, raised crosswalks, new stop signs and other traffic engineering improvements.

While the final list of streets and intersections to be improved is “yet to be determined,” said SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose, several locations have “risen to the top” as likely candidates, including Naples Street, Vienna Street, Avalon Avenue, Orizaba Avenue and Moscow Street.

Safety upgrades will also likely be made near the School of the Epiphany, Cleveland Elementary School and near Excelsior Playground, Balboa Park, McLaren Park and Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation center.

The near-term improvements are set for completion in December this year, according to SFCTA documents.

These improvements are also connected to a long-term project in the Excelsior to bring broader traffic calming improvements through a community outreach process called the Excelsior Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project, Rose said.

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