Planners want two-way traffic on one-way part of Hayes

A tough-to-navigate one-way section of Hayes Street is on its way to becoming open to traffic in both directions.

Located near Fell and Oak streets — two heavily used east-west arterials — and Gough and Franklin streets — two major thoroughfares that move motorists north and south — the two-block section of Hayes Street between Van Ness Avenue and Gough acts as a key connecting point for drivers trying to navigate through San Francisco.

However, motorists can only travel west on the road, and its confusing traffic patterns make it difficult for pedestrian and bicyclists to access it. Plus, Hayes Valley merchants said the one-way traffic is bad for business.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Planning Department hope to rectify these problems by opening up that portion of Hayes Street to two-way traffic. Between Gough and Franklin streets, Hayes Street would have one eastbound lane and two westbound lanes. Between Van Ness and Franklin, Hayes Street would have one eastbound lane, and three westbound lanes, according to an update on the plan that was presented Tuesday at the SFMTA’s Policy and Governance Committee.

This proposal, in the works since 2008, still needs final authorization from the SFMTA’s Board of Directors. The issue will likely be before the SFMTA board early next year.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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