Noe Valley Voice June 2013

Construction Work Clogs Noe

By Heather World


Seems like every time you turn down a street, that street is being paved: Noe Valley is under construction with no fewer than three agencies digging in for the summer.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is installing a new water main pipe along 23rd Street between Church and Hoffman and expects to be done by February 2014.

Pacific Gas and Electric has been replacing gas pipeline since mid-April, digging up road on parts of Grand View Avenue and radiating east on 21st, 22nd, Worth, Hoffman, and Alvarado streets. A spokesman said the pipeline work was expected to be done the first week in July, and the utility would begin repaving.

Less obtrusive will be the installation of “intelligent switches” this month. Crews working in bucket trucks will be putting the switches on poles on Church Street between 24th and Elizabeth.

The work of the two utility agencies is dwarfed by that of the Department of Public Works, which is responsible for keeping the streets pothole-free, among other tasks. Voters passed the Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond in 2011, and the department has spread out the $248 million in funding over three years worth of projects that started last July.

Chattanooga between Jersey and 21st streets, Vicksburg between Jersey and 22nd streets, and 28th and Duncan streets between Sanchez and San Jose Avenue were the biggest but not the only Noe Valley projects during this first year.

Year two is expected to start July 2013 and affect Guerrero between Cesar Chavez and 19th streets and Jersey Street between Castro and Douglass. The final year, expected to start July 2014, will bring work to San Jose Avenue from the freeway off-ramp to Cesar Chavez Street and Dolores between Chavez and 25th Street.

For a complete map of projects, as well as maps broken down by year, visit

All timelines are subject to change, depending on weather and unforeseen events.