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Castro/Upper Market

Castro Street Design

Status: Completed

The Planning Phase of the Castro Street Design project concluded in Spring 2013 and the construction phase of the project was completed in November 2014. For more information visit San Francisco Public Work's Castro Street Project page.


Castro Street between Market and 19th Streets is one of the most well-known neighborhood commercial districts in San Francisco, serving the needs of local residents and being the historic center of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) community. The project will enhance the streetscape experience with widened sidewalks, repaving, new lighting, and street trees. Additionally, in coordination with the community and local businesses, the streetscape project will host the Rainbow Honor Walk, with inlaid plaques of LGBT heroines and heroes as well as celebratory supplemental lighting and decorative crosswalks. These improvements will further elevate the neighborhood experience of an already famous city destination.

In collaboration between San Francisco Planning, San Francisco Department of Public Works, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the improvement project was set to address the concerns the local community addressed, specifically the need for safer streets, wider sidewalks, and an improved street life experience. 

Funded by the 2011 Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond and Federal Transportation Administration, the project added special paving and barrier improvements to Jane Warner Plaza, ADA compliant curb ramps, bike parking, street trees, and bulb-outs at indicated intersections. Muni overhead wiring and catenary pole relocation is also within the scope of the project. In addition, all of Castro Street and a portion of 18th Street was newly repaved.