Castro Gayborhood Sidewalk Project Reaches Halfway Mark

Castro Rainbow SidewalksThe project to expand sidewalks in the city’s Castro gayborhood reached the halfway mark this week, and San Francisco planners remain hopeful the work will be completed by early October.

Officials had built in a self-imposed deadline of June 17 for construction to wrap on the first phase of the streetscape improvements so as not to interfere with the Frameline LGBT International Film Festival, which opens Thursday night, June 19, and takes over the Castro Theatre for 10 days, or Pride festivities next weekend in the Castro.

Crews from Ghilotti Brothers, the Marin-based contractor that won the bid for the $4 million project, had largely wrapped up their work by Tuesday, June 17. After cleaning the streets and sidewalks Wednesday morning, the company planned to vacate the area by mid-afternoon. Fencing around the newly poured sidewalk extensions along the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street came down in early June to provide pedestrian access to the widened pathways. Crews also leveled the street and poured temporary pavement along the two blocks for vehicle access.

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Authored By Matthew S. Bajko – See the Full Story at the Bay Area Reporter

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