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— Matthew S. Bajko, April 3, 2014
City planners expect to re-open expanded sidewalks in San Francisco’s gay Castro district by mid June, well ahead of the early October completion date for the project.
The new sidewalks will likely be ready for pedestrian use on June 17, and the area’s Castro Merchants group is planning to host a sidewalk sale Saturday, June 21 one week prior to the annual Pride weekend. The outdoor sale normally occurs in May during small business week, but due to the ongoing construction in the area, the Castro business association worked with city officials to postpone the event.
The expedited schedule for when the concrete will be poured in the widened sidewalks and ready to be unveiled is due to the project contractor deciding to push up the construction timetable. Rather than work on one side of the street on one block at a time, Marin County-based Ghilotti Brothers opted instead to work simultaneously on both the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street.
“We will have all sides under construction to finish and get out on schedule,” Alex Murillo, with the city’s Department of Public Works, told Castro merchants at their meeting this morning (Thursday, April 3).
While some Castro officials have welcomed the faster schedule, others have voiced concerns about the disruption to businesses in the area....
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