SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The stretch of San Francisco’s Market Street from 6th Street to Van Ness Avenue is getting re-paved this weekend, starting Friday night.

It’s a $700,000 project and one that should be welcome news to anyone who drives or bicycles down the Mid-Market Stretch of road, according to Department of Public Works Spokeswoman Rachel Gordon.

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“It’s going to be a much safer ride. It’s not just going to be this patch, pothole filling that we’ve been doing for years. It really should make a remarkable difference on Market Street,” Gordon said.

The intersections will remain open for traffic crossing Market and buses and trolleys will continue to operate. But cars will be diverted off Market during the 24-hour repaving which starts Friday at 7 p.m.

“Because it is such a well-traveled street, it does get a lot of wear and tear, so this really does give it a great facelift that people should notice a big difference,” she said.

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At the end of summer, the other half of Market Street downtown will be repaved from 6th Street to the Embarcadero.

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In 2017, the ‘Better Market Street’ project will completely redo the landscape to create a pedestrian-friendly boulevard.

Gordon said Market Street hasn’t been properly repaved in some 30 years.

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