New safety upgrades dedicated along Cesar Chavez Street 

San Francisco city officials on Wednesday celebrated the completion of a project that has transformed a major thoroughfare into a more pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly street.

A milelong stretch of Cesar Chavez Street between Guerrero and Hampshire streets was the focus of a $28 million sewer and streetscape improvement project that began in 2011 and wrapped up in the past week.

The street upgrades include new bike lanes, bulb-outs to widen sidewalks at various intersections and raised crosswalks at two intersections to raise driver awareness of pedestrians.

“It will no longer be seen as a thoroughfare to the freeway for cars to speed through,” City Administrator Naomi Kelly said.

The improvements were timed to coincide with the planned sewer rehabilitation and repaving of Cesar Chavez Street, and also include the addition of more than 300 new trees and 7,600 other plants, city officials said.

Supervisor David Campos, whose district includes much of the project site, said residents in the Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods had been pushing for the project for years.

“Oftentimes, this neighborhood has been neglected,” Campos said. “Finally we have a street that’s going to protect them."

The project was paid for with money from The City’s general fund and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, as well as with state and federal funds.

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