Castro sidewalk project to begin March 13, street parking to be eliminated for three months

The busy intersection at 18th and Castro streets is set for an overhaul. (Photo: Rick Gerharter) Ground will officially break next week on the long awaited Castro Street sidewalk widening project in the heart of San Francisco’s gay business district.

In order to lessen the amount of disruption in the area, city planners and the project contractor are planning an intense three months of work simultaneously on both the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street. The result is that parking on those blocks will be eliminated between March and early June during both the day and night.

“We think this is the best way to minimize the impact from the project,” said John Dennis, a designer with the city’s Department of Public Works who is acting as the project manager, during this morning’s (Thursday, March 6) Castro Merchants meeting.

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