SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— One of San Francisco’s most popular roadways is getting a makeover. The re-paving of The Great Highway began on Wednesday as part of a $7.3 million project that will include improvement for bicyclists and pedestrians as well as the installation of a landscaped median.
The project, which spans the busy but bumpy north to south corridor, is expected to last nine months and will re-pave the stretch from Sloat Boulevard to Point Lobos.
In 2011, San Francisco’s $248 million dollar street repaving bond was approved, which sets aside $50 million for streetscape improvements.
According to Department of Public Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon, Ocean Beach is visited by about 2 million visitors a year.
“It’s one of the biggest attractions in the city and this is just a way to make it a little bit better,” she said.
Gordon said the Great Highway is the first of dozens of streets to be repaired and repaved over the next three years and its makeover won’t shut down the roadway.