Construction crews will return to the Sunset district this month to resume work on Muni’s $18 million rail-replacement project for its above-ground train lines.
Starting at 8 p.m. Friday and lasting until 4 a.m. Monday, the intersections of Taraval Street and 19th Avenue and Taraval and Sunset Boulevard will be the site of major replacement work for Muni’s L-Taraval light-rail line. The construction will be the first of three weekend overhauls at the intersections, with work also scheduled for the weekends of Jan. 15 and 22.
During the weekend construction, Muni will replace L-Taraval service with bus shuttles from the West Portal station to the route’s western terminus at the San Francisco Zoo. The buses will make all regular L-Taraval stops.
The construction will force motorists to detour around the two intersections. Automobile traffic on Taraval Street will be completely closed in both directions at the construction sites. Traffic will be closed to northbound motorists on Sunset Boulevard, and 19th Avenue will be shut down in the southbound direction.
Some parking spaces will be removed as a result of the work, but sidewalks at the two intersections will remain open.
The Municipal Transportation Agency is urging motorists and transit riders to visit the department’s Web site, www.sfmta.com, or call 311 to get traffic updates and route suggestions regarding the construction.
The rail replacement for the L-Taraval line follows similar work recently completed on the N-Judah line. Like the upcoming L-Taraval work, the N-Judah rail replacement occurred during three weekends in November and December. Construction on the first weekend of that project lasted one day longer than expected because concrete used by construction crews did not harden as quickly as planned. The other two weekend projects went according to schedule.
Along with replacing the 30-year-old railway on the L-Taraval line, Muni will improve pedestrian access points, add overhead wiring, replace water mains and install new traffic signals designed to give transit vehicles priority at the intersections.
“This work continues our increased investment in our infrastructure and helps us provide safe and reliable service to our customers,” Muni spokesman Judson True said.
Muni will complete the rail-replacement project this year by rehabilitating the infrastructure on its J-Church line.
With nearly 30,000 daily boardings, the L-Taraval is one of Muni’s busiest lines.
Muni’s $18 million rail-replacement project will affect the L-Taraval line during the next three weekends. Bus shuttles will replace trains from the West Portal station to the San Francisco Zoo.
When: 8 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday on weekends of Jan. 8, 15 and 22
Intersections affected: Taraval Street and 19th Avenue; Taraval Street and Sunset Boulevard
More info: Visit www.sfmta.com or call 311