Glen Park resident Sal Novoa was driving on Elk Street Tuesday afternoon, January 24, when he spotted a most peculiar scene. He tells it this way:
Elk/Sussex crosswalk–from funding to near reality in only 6 years
The problem of speeding on Elk Street and lack of safe access to the Sussex Street staircase entrance to Glen Canyon Park was mentioned as far back as 2008 as one of the hoped-for upgrades through funds from the 2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond. However, only certain urgent improvements were made to the Rec Center with the available funds, and it was left to SFMTA to address the safety issues on Elk Street.
In January 2016 the Glen Park News reported that “There’s a long time issue of speeding and pedestrian safety. [Supervisor Scott] Wiener is actively looking for funding to make the broad stretch of Elk safer.”
Major improvements to the Rec Center, playground, tennis courts and surrounding areas were completed in 2017 with funds from the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhoods Parks Bond. Still no crosswalk.
Funding for the crosswalk was approved in 2017:
Timeline be damned, yet another announcement from SFMTA, this one from February 2019, which features a sketch of the proposed intersection safety improvements:
In March 2019 SFMTA board considered establishing rapid flashing beacons at Elk and Sussex but there was no action documented in the board minutes.
At this rate soon enough we’re bumping up against the pandemic when time stands still.
The work is finally underway. Through traffic is being detoured. Curb work is complete, a stretch of Elk Street is being repaved, and electrical work has been done for flashing beacons at the crosswalk.