So remember when there were all those awful jackhammers and disruption on Carl Street a year or so ago? Well, they are at it again. Luckily, we don't think the jackhammers will be joining them this time. Some of you might have received a leaflet in your mail outlining the upcoming "updates". Here's the deal:
Starting Monday, July 28th through August 22nd, the SFMTA's contractor will begin work on traffic signal infrastructure work for the Carl and Cole intersection. (See clarification from SFMTA rep below) What we do know is that the main work will involve cutting a trench along the sidewalk on the north side of Carl Street (between Cole and Stanyan). Whoops, guess that does mean jackhammers.
What to expect:
Other locations that will get the traffic signal "upgrade":
This will be fun folks.
We got in touch with SFMTA Project Manager, Tess Kavanagh, who was able to clarify what they mean by "traffic signal upgrades".
"To clarify, we are not installing any new traffic signals as part of the Sunset Tunnel project. We are upgrading the existing traffic signal system in order to improve travel times for the N-Line. The traffic signal upgrades include the installation of new signal wire loops within the roadway that will communicate with the existing signal lights, turning them red or green as needed to give the LRV’s priority through the intersection.For example, the work at Carl & Cole involves the installation of a signal loop that is serving the signal that exists at Carl & Stanyan, two blocks away."
The Ice Cream Bar and Soda Fountain in Cole Valley has proposed a parklet!! What are your thoughts? Do you think it's a great idea, considering that The Ice Cream Bar has limited indoor seating and it would help create more business for them? Or do you think that Cole Valley is already tight on parking spaces that taking another 2 parking spaces (remember when SFMTA took a bunch on Carl Street due to N Judah Rail Replacement/Improvement Project??), that CV neighbors desperately need.
On Nextdoor, Ted Loewenberg from the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association invites you to write to DPW with your thoughts. He also invites you to CC him at tedlsf[at]sbcglobal[dot]net so he can provide feedback to the ICB.
SFMTA is at it again! Yup that's right, there will be another N Judah shutdown and construction in the neighborhood this weekend. I spoke with Jay Lu and Jeannette Sanchez (SFMTA Community Relations Division about the tentative completion date of this long project. Answer: "The project...will reach substantial completion around Thanksgiving. Minor miscellaneous work will continue for two or three months after that."
Be sure to share your photos and frustrations with us on Twitter. Click below if you’d like to let SFMTA know how you feel by using the #sfmtacarl!
Weekend Construction in Cole Valley
November 2nd (Friday) at 7pm to November 5th (Monday) at 5am
What to expect during construction this weekend:
Note: Street work will generate noise, including jackhammering (during daytime hours only)
Street closures and parking restrictions:
Note: If you live on the affected streets, please consider parking your car at an off-street garage or a parking lot such as UCSF Parking Garage and Kezar Stadium on Stanyan Street. The project will reimburse you for parking charges. Please submit your parking receipts for reimbursement to: SFMTA Carl Street Rail Replacement Project, One South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 Attn: Ha Nguyen.
The schedule is subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen conditions.
The next shutdown on N line is scheduled for the weekend of November 16th.
Halloween on Belvedere!
Cole Valley residents (and SF Bay Area residents), get ready because tomorrow night is Halloween! Many know that this will mean loads of candy and tons of little kids running around with sugar highs. But here in Cole Valley, we go all out! If you are new or not familiar with this Cole Valley tradition, you definitely have to check this out! Belvedere Street, from Parnassus and 17th Street will be closed off to cars (yup police barricades). There will be haunted garages, dry ice cauldrons, and lots of adults (and kids) in costumes! It will be big and loud - definitely a party (check out some pics from last year)! Okay, some of the house decorations might be a bit scarier for the wee ones so parents take note. While you're there, be sure to walk around the neighboring streets and get some candy there (most of CV are houses and not large apartment buildings). Our neighborhood knows how to do halloween - pumpkins, parties, costumes, and decorations! This is definitely a trick-or-treat spot where your kids will score big!
Festivities (i.e. hoards of people) begin at dusk!
If you are not WALKING, please note that PARKING will be awful, and when we mean awful, we mean AWFUL!!!
Just received this letter in the mail. Looks like it will be another noisy, disruptive weekend. We have listed some of the important information below:
N Judah Shutdown Sept 14th - 17th
Construction begins Friday Sept 14th 7pm to Monday Sept 17th 5am and will continuously work around the clock. (oy)
Work that going to be done during the shutdown:
Street closures and parking restrictions:
Got Questions?! SHIMMICK Construction has gladly given you their phone number if you have any questions or concerns.
Jeremiah Kent (Project Manager): 510-817-0729
Got photos or complaints? Share them with us all this coming weekend on Twitter by using the hastag #sfmtacarl!
Parking in the Neighborhood
From day one, we here at ColeValleySF.com have talked about the nuances of parking in the neighborhood. With our bustling businesses and Grattan Elementary to our local residents, parking has definitely become a premium in our neighborhood. But that doesn't mean that we have to forget the "neighbor" attitude.
As an example, a ColeValleySF.com team member comes back after a wonderful dinner with some friends, parallel parks the car in between a car that she supposes is blocking the neighbor's own driveway and a small hatchback. Being the thoughtful neighbor, she parallel parks so that the resident can re-park in that spot (not that she really had a choice), leaving about 6 feet between her bumper and the driveway. Fast forward a few days, after some torrential downpours, the team member returns to her car to find a note on her windshield claiming she was a lousy neighbor, that she should learn to park so that other people in the neighborhood could fit and to not take two spots. (In otherwords - you suck as a neighbor!)
This is a prime example of the "neighbor" attitude disappearing altogether behind the anonymous letter viel. I'm quite sure this person was trying to be a good neighbor by simply pointing out the unfairness of it all, however, if you're truly a resident of the neighborhood, you will notice the cars that try to squeeze into spots and those that take up more than enough space. I, for example, commend the Jeep Wrangler in our neighborhood that always seems to park in the smallest spaces. Kudos to you neighbor, for being a responsible parker. An additional Kudos to any neighbor that has a compact car. In a city like San Francisco, I'm perplexed why there aren't more VW Lupo, VW Polos, Smart Cars or Peugots. Call me Euro-centric, but sometimes having a small, compact car, just makes sense! And sure enough, those of us that live here, will definitely notice those neighbors that take up more than enough room when they park. They are notorious, they are obvious.
So give people a break angry parking neighbor... your notes do no good. Finally, one must ask... How big is the car you're driving angry parking neighbor?