Plans downsized for message signs on Fell and Oak streets

Panhandle residents can relax a little — The City isn’t going to try and turn Fell and Oak streets into a mini version of Interstate Highway 280.

After receiving strong backlash from neighborhood residents and talking it over with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Muni has agreed to considerably downsize their plans to install highway-like computerized message boards on Fell and Oak streets.

Initially, Muni was planning to place two variable-message signs as part of its SFgo program, a series of pilot projects aimed at improving traffic management throughout The City.

However, locals said the electronic boards would incite faster driving behavior on the already speedy thoroughfares as well as counteracting traffic calming measures currently ongoing at Divisadero Street, which intersects the two arteries.

As a compromise, Muni will put a much smaller message board on Fell Street, and abandon its plans altogether to install signage on Oak Street, the department’s executive director Nat Ford said Tuesday.

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