Crews begin annual work removing sand from Great Highway

San Francisco Department of Public Works crews Monday are beginning annual sand maintenance work that will move thousands of cubic yards of sand away from the Great Highway beachfront roadway.

Southbound Great Highway between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard will be closed to traffic between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. for up to 10 days during the work, which aims to reduce sand buildup during windy weather on the road that looks out on Ocean Beach.

Over the next two weeks, crews will move about 5,550 cubic yards of sand away from the road and toward the ocean.

The annual work is timed to not disturb the western snowy plover, a small shorebird that is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The birds usually reside at Ocean Beach but leave in the spring and early summer for other coastal areas, public works officials said.

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