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Making Progress: Over 190 Projects Since Loma Prieta

The City and County of San Francisco has completed over 190 projects with seismic components or replacements of public facilities in the 22 years since the October 17th, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. These projects include: small but critical pump stations and transmission mains; essential facilities such as police and fire stations; signature properties like City Hall, the Ferry Building, and the Main Library; our Academy of Sciences, Asian Art, and DeYoung Museums; and the International Terminal at SFO.

An additional 34 public projects or programs are currently in progress, including the San Francisco General Hospital rebuild; the modernization of branch libraries; renovations of our neighborhood parks and recreation centers; and the seismic retrofit of our drinking water system from Hetch Hetchy Valley to the taps of 2.5 million regional customers.

Check out the map of these improvements below — note that regional and utility sites are not displayed.

Map of Projects | List of Projects Since Loma Prieta (PDF)

Building a Resilient City: Reducing the Probability of Failure As Well As Its Consequences

When complete, the 224 projects mentioned above will contribute to the City’s ability not only to withstand a major seismic event but also to recover from and to continue operating after it. The 15 violent seconds of the Loma Prieta earthquake killed 63 people and caused an estimated $10 billion in infrastructure damage (current $s). But it also had significant long-term effects, from temporary closure of the Bay Bridge to removal of the Cypress and Embarcadero freeways. A seismic event the magnitude of the 1906 earthquake would cause vastly greater devastation, causing both short- and long-term impacts akin to Hurricane Katrina’s physical and economic destruction in New Orleans.

Looking Ahead: Strategic Investments Through Long-Range Capital Planning

Through its ten-year Capital Plan, the City and County of San Francisco is looking ahead to address its remaining infrastructure needs.   The recently approved Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond that addresses the Police Department Headquarters, portions of the City’s high-pressure fire hydrant system (or Auxiliary Water Supply System) and neighborhood fire stations is an important step forward.  However, we still have a ways to go and recommend you check out our Capital Plan or the web summary for more details.