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Mayor’s Column

Edwin M. Lee

Building Progress: Projects & Jobs

I’m sure you have all noticed the construction happening in San Francisco. We are investing smartly in our City’s infrastructure. In recent elections, San Francisco voters have approved bonds to pay for street improvements, upgrades to our public-safety facilities, the renovation and construction of neighborhood branch libraries, the rebuilding of San Francisco General Hospital and renovations of our heavily used recreation centers and playgrounds.

When I see all the work that’s being done, I see a commitment to moving our City forward for those who live, work and visit here now and in the future.

As you can see, the City streets are being repaved; sidewalk curb ramps are being installed; and the City’s concrete and asphalt hardscape is being softened with trees and plants to make San Francisco a safer and more livable city.

In the Sunset, for example, the 19th Avenue improvement project is beautifying and greening 15 blocks of this important thoroughfare from Wawona Street to Lincoln Way.

Fire houses in eight neighborhoods are getting new roofs just in time for the rainy season. The new Bayview Branch library is going into the last stretch of construction on Third Street, and the new North Beach branch is breaking ground on the corner of Lombard Street and Columbus Avenue to give residents a bigger, more user-friendly library.

In the Potrero, contractors are enclosing San Francisco General Hospital’s new building with colorful red brick concrete panels, and in the Richmond, neighbors are celebrating the opening of the new Fulton Playground.

Construction might be noisy and disruptive, but there’s an upside, a very important upside as we focus on rebuilding our economy in San Francisco: JOBS!

The Department of Public Works (DPW) recently launched a new one-stop shop on its website that will make it easier for contractors to search for contracts, bid on projects, find project information, and track their payments for DPW’s construction projects and professional services. It is part of my administration’s continuing efforts to use innovative technology to improve how our government operates and serves the public.

This new website is an effective and simple method that works to support the City’s mission to hire San Franciscans and employ local contractors for City–funded projects. Increasing transparency for payment-tracking and expanding access to contract documentation and information helps San Francisco residents and businesses connect with work on our public projects. View the contracts and bids page through DPW’s website at www.sfdpw.org/contractsandbids. If you know of contractors looking for work, send them our way!

As part of my 17-Point Jobs Plan, I made it a priority to invest in infrastructure jobs, and that’s what’s happening in every neighborhood in San Francisco. Several projects are in the pipeline and will be starting soon.

We appreciate your patience as the projects get built. But keep in mind: These temporary disruptions generate jobs, green our streets, and provide safe facilities and beautiful places for our families to play and learn.

Specific neighborhoods:

Castro, Central City, Mission

Cesar Chavez Street Streetscape Improvements

Sixth Street Police Substation

SOMA Skate Park

Better Market Street project

Ingleside, West of Twin Peaks

Fire Station #15 & #26

Cayuga Playground and Clubhouse

Richmond, Sunset

Fire Station #18, #31 & #40

19th Avenue Improvement Project

Fulton Playground

Sunset Recreation Center

Point Lobos Streetscape Improvements

Balboa Streetscape Improvements

Cabrillo Playground and Clubhouse

Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Potrero Hill

Fire Station #32

San Francisco General Hospital Rebuild

Folsom Street Pavement Renovation

Bayview, Hunters Point

Fire Station #17

New Bayview Branch Library

Arelious Walker Stair Replacement

Marina, Fillmore, Western Addition

Marina Green Bicycle Trail

Jefferson Street Improvements

Chinatown/North Beach

DPW in your neighborhood!

Visit www.sfdpw.org for more information on these exciting projects:

Fire Station #2

New North Beach Branch Library

Broadway Streetscape Project

Visit www.sfdpw.org for more information on these exciting projects. DPW in your neighborhood!