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San Francisco To Close Popular ‘Crookedest’ Stretch Of Lombard Street To Cars In Summer

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — San Francisco will temporarily close a popular tourist spot that’s known as the “Crookedest Street in The World.”

The city’s Municipal Transportation Agency unanimously voted on Tuesday to ban vehicles along a stretch of Lombard Street, the oft-photographed, well-traveled curvy and winding thoroughfare, for four consecutive weekends. The closure begins in late June and includes the Fourth of July weekend.

MTA spokesman Paul Rose says that an average of 2,000 vehicles per day travel on the street during that period.

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The temporary closing came at the request of Supervisor Mark Farrell. There was a steady stream of complaints by residents wanting to curb the street’s chronic gridlock mostly due to curious tourists, especially during the summer.

The city will evaluate what impact the temporary closure will have.

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