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San Francisco Officials May Close ‘World’s Crookedest Street’ To Cars

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Officials say one of San Francisco’s biggest tourist attractions has also become a big traffic safety concern.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is now considering shutting down Lombard Street between Larkin and Leavenworth Streets on weekends to improve general safety in the area known to attract tourists on foot and in cars.

The proposal before the MTA points out three instances since 2011 where drivers ran off the road and damaged property and injured passengers or pedestrians.

The consideration is being made at the request of Lombard Street residents and Supervisor Mark Farrell’s Office. The SFMTA says the street would remain open to local residential traffic during the closures. The area is known for chronic congestion during busy summer months.

The proposal is scheduled for debate at Tuesdays SFMTA meeting. The closure dates would be as follows:

  • Saturday and Sundays in June: 21, 22, 28, 29
  • Friday 4th of July
  • Saturday and Sundays in July: 5, 6, 12, 13
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