Construction is finally underway for the Castro Street Improvement Project that, when complete, will have wider sidewalks adorned with glitter, rainbows and historical facts between Market and 19th Streets.
After a press conference, held by Supervisor Scott Wiener in Jane Warner Plaza on Mar. 13, construction crews began marking up the west side of the two-block section of Castro Street in preparation for a procedure known as “potholing,” or the process of excavating small holes along the project limits to determine as best as possible the exact location of underground utilities.
The planning committee for the long-awaited facelift on San Francisco’s historic district has estimated the project at $4 million and hopes to have construction completed by October, in time for the Castro Street Fair. The west side construction is predicted to be completed by the end of June for the annual Pink Saturday party that takes place during Gay Pride Weekend.
Some of the new features expected from the Improvement Project include: LED lighting, mica sparkles mixed into the concrete, a Rainbow Honor Walk with sidewalk panels that highlight the faces of LGBT heroes, and various Castro neighborhood historical facts printed into the sidewalk sections in front of noteworthy locations.