After a few months of heavy construction, slow traffic and lowered pedestrian activity, Castro Street's makeover is moving right along. The construction fences have come down and the widened sidewalks have been revealed in time for next weekend's Pride festivities. The concrete poured at the major Castro and 18th intersection appears to perhaps be temporary, but the rest of the sidewalks are ten feet wider on each side and ready for use. A new Castro ad campaign has launched to lure people who may have avoided the area during construction back to walk and shop, and local merchants have been given posters for their shop windows explaining what work still needs to be completed.
Work will start up again on June 30 to replace a water pipe, do more sidewalk work, plant trees and add fancy color-changing lights and rainbow crosswalks. There will also be a new crosswalk configuration at Castro and Market and a remake of Jane Warner Plaza. The final stage of work should be completed by October, in time for the Castro Street Fair.
Sidewalk Project Reaches Halfway Mark [Bay Area Reporter]
Castro Improvements Begin, Rainbow Crosswalks Coming [Curbed SF]