10. Infrastructure + Streets

Enhancement Projects

Project Name Description
PW – Curb Ramp Program San Francisco is committed to improving curb ramps and providing accessible paths of travel for people with disabilities. Each fiscal year, Public Works and the Mayor’s Office on Disability (MOD) develop a prioritized list of locations for each of San Francisco’s supervisorial districts. Resident requests have one of the most significant impacts on prioritization of curb ramp locations citywide.
The estimated cost to continue the current curb ramp program is $104.9 million over the next 10 years. The Plan recommends $42 million from the General Fund towards this need, acknowledging that extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19 may make this challenging. An additional $5 million is expected from the 2020 Health and Recovery G.O. Bond, and $15.8 million from State and Prop K funding.
PW – Curb Ramp Sub-Sidewalk Basement Program As Public Works develops an overarching strategy to tackle the most structurally complex curb ramp locations, some planning and design work has begun for curb ramps with sub-sidewalk basements (over 100 confirmed locations citywide, with hundreds more under investigation), which are significantly more challenging and expensive to address than those in the standard curb ramp program.
The estimated cost for curb ramps with sub-sidewalk basements is $97.1 million over the next 10 years, which will be addressed as funds allow from the General Fund Pay-Go Program.
PW – Street Tree Planting and Establishment The Urban Forest Master Plan, Phase I: Street Trees, adopted unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, recommends growing the street tree population by planting 2,500 trees annually, in addition to trees that need to be replaced. This requires Public Works to plant approximately 6,000 trees a year.
The estimated cost for street tree planting and establishment is $172 million over the next 10 years. While $16.7 million has been identified through Prop K and other local sources, an unfunded need of $155 million remains.
PW – Better Market Street This project will redesign Market Street to make it safer and more enjoyable for people walking, biking, and taking transit along the corridor. The project requires inter-agency coordination for work that includes repaving of the roadway, sidewalk and crosswalk reconstruction, curb ramps, new street trees and streetscape elements, full replacement of the traffic signal infrastructure, street light upgrades, sewer repair and/or replacement, water main work, replacement of the auxiliary water supply system, and replacement of Muni overhead wires, track and traction power. The full project, which extends from Steuart Street in the Financial District to Octavia Boulevard, has received CEQA and NEPA clearance.
The full corridor project has an expected total cost of $604 million of which $197 million is funded through a combination of local, state, and federal sources. The identified funding total of $197 million includes $143 million already spent or programmed on planning and environmental review and the first phase of construction for Better Market Street between Fifth to Eighth streets. The remaining $54 million will be used for future construction phases. The total project cost of $604 million also includes $8.5 million needed to replace the brick sidewalk on Market Street between Fifth to Eighth streets.
SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power – Transmission/Distribution -
Distribution Services Retail Services Projects
This program supports the design and construction of transmission and distribution facilities to serve new retail customers; the installation of the infrastructure and substructure required for the new 12-kV underground electrical distribution system at Hunters Point Shipyard, Candlestick Point, and the Alice Griffith Housing Complex; and improvements to the substation at San Francisco International Airport. This project is consistent with San Francisco Administrative Code Section 99.3 establishing the SFPUC's role as the exclusive electric service provider for existing and new City facilities, and for redevelopment and development projects.
The cost of SFPUC’s Transmission/Distribution projects is approximately $453.6 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power – Streetlights

Hetchy provides power to all of San Francisco’s 44,528 streetlights, maintains the 25,509 streetlights owned by the City, and funds the maintenance of the 19,019 streetlights owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). Street lighting area improvements, the conversion of high voltage series loop circuits into multiple standard voltage service and Lighting Emitting Diode (LED) lighting, holiday and festivity pole use, assessments to determine the severity of pole deterioration, streetlight pole rehabilitation, and replacement of poles are all funded through this program.
The cost of SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power’s Streetlights Program is approximately $34.3 million through FY2031.

SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power – Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency improvements reduce facility operating costs and electric bills for customers, improve system functionality, and reduce the environmental impact of energy use. This program funds energy efficiency investments in City facilities covering the planning, design, and construction of "direct install" projects, as well as technical assistance and project assistance for departments utilizing their own capital funds. Energy retrofits include lighting, heating and ventilation, retro-commissioning, and energy management systems projects. The SFPUC performs eight to ten energy efficiency projects each year. The budget funds efficiency projects in municipal facilities for departments such as Police, Real Estate, Recreation and Parks, SFMTA, Yerba Buena Center, and Fine Arts. Planned funding for lighting and mechanical system efficiency upgrades are consistent with state policies that place emphasis on energy efficiency and that support greenhouse gas reduction.
The cost of SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power’s Energy Efficiency Program is approximately $9.9 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power –
Renewable/Generation Power 
In accordance with City policies and directives to increase renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gases, Hetchy Power is continuously developing and implementing new renewable generation resources. A series is planned to include small municipal and energy development projects including solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, biogas fuel cells, wind projects, and other renewable energy projects. The power generated from the Renewable/Generation Power projects will offset on-site power need at each project location.
The cost of SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power’s Renewable/Generation Power Program is approximately $10.0 million through FY2031.
SFPUC – Treasure Island Power
and Wastewater Improvements
On October 1, 1997, concurrent with the operational closure of the Treasure Island Naval Station, the City entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Navy in which the City agreed to take responsibility for caretaker services on Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island. Through this agreement, the SFPUC provides utility operations and maintenance for the electrical, natural gas, wastewater, and stormwater systems on the islands.
The SFPUC has developed a work plan for creating a public power utility serving both of the islands. The capital projects identified are required to support the future developments’ electric load. Current planning shows that the existing electrical overhead poles, lines, and substation are adequate to serve the first phase of development. When the load approaches the design limit of the lines at approximately 10 megawatts, the lines will have to be upgraded and installed underground.
This project provides continued funding for a new tertiary three-million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility for the Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island service area to replace the existing, aged facility. The new treatment facility will include influent screening, a combined primary/secondary treatment process, anaerobic sludge digestion, sludge dewatering and truck load-out, disinfection, odor control, and tertiary treatment.
The cost of SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power’s Treasure Island Improvements Program is approximately $17.5 million through FY2031. The cost of SFPUC Wastewater’s Treasure Island Improvements Program is approximately $147.8 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Wastewater –
Ocean Beach Protection Process
This project will develop a comprehensive shoreline management and protection plan in partnership with relevant stakeholders and regulatory agencies and establish a long-term solution to the erosion issues along Ocean Beach. This long-term solution is necessary to protect the integrity of critical wastewater assets that were constructed to protect public health and the environment. These assets include the Lake Merced Transport/Storage facility, the Westside Pump Station, and the Oceanside Treatment Plant, which are threatened by sea level rise and erosion at Ocean Beach.
The cost of SFPUC Wastewater’s Ocean Beach Protection Process is approximately $146.0 million through FY2031. 
SFPUC Southwest Ocean Outfall (SWOO)
Condition Assessment & Rehab
This project includes the condition assessment of the outfall and needed repairs. The facilities provide all-weather collection and treatment of flows from the westside of the City. The facilities must be monitored and maintained to ensure reliable and safe operation during all weather conditions.
The cost of the SFPUC SWOO Condition Assessment & Rehab is $30.6 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Wastewater Southeast Outfall
Condition Assessment & Rehab
The Southeast Outfall pipeline conveys treated effluent from the Southeast Plant to the San Francisco Bay. The condition assessment will determine if the pipeline from the onshore force main to offshore outfall can provide reliable service until the offshore outfall is replaced. Funding for rehabilitation is included in the project if determined necessary by the assessment.
The cost of the SFPUC Wastewater Southeast Outfall Condition Assessment is approximately $31.6 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Wastewater – Islais Creek Crossing This project includes improvements to the Islais Creek crossing of the effluent pipelines and modifications to the Booster Pump Station at Islais Creek. The project primarily addresses the compromised section of the effluent discharge outfall into the San Francisco Bay.
The cost of SFPUC Wastewater’s Islais Creek Crossing Project is approximately $16.7 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Wastewater – Sewer System Improvement
Program (SSIP) Program-Wide Efforts
The SSIP is a series of capital improvement projects focused on improving the wastewater system to meet the present and future needs of the city. The Program-Wide Management Project will support the SSIP implementation, providing condition assessments (facility inspections), project definition and prioritization, public outreach and education, analysis of the impacts of climate change, sustainability evaluation, and general program management (program controls, change control, constructability).
The cost of SFPUC Wastewater’s Sewer System Improvement Program-Wide Efforts is approximately $99.1 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Wastewater – SSIP Treatment Facilities SSIP treatment facilities projects include the Bayside Biosolids (Digester) Project in southeast San Francisco; improvements to the combined sewer transport storage and near shore combined sewer discharge structures; and improvements to the liquid treatment at the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant, the North Point Wet Weather Facility, the North Shore Pump Station and associated outfalls; and improvements to the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant, Westside Pump Station, and Westside Force Main.
The cost of SFPUC Wastewater’s SSIP Treatment Facilities is approximately $1.5 billion through FY2031.
SFPUC Wastewater –
SSIP Sewer/Collection System
This program includes the proposed Central Bayside System Improvement Project to provide system enhancements to the Channel Drainage Basin, as well as needed redundancy for the existing 66-inch Channel Force Main, hydraulic improvements to sewers and pump stations, and improvements to grey and green stormwater management infrastructure. This program also replaces existing sewers to increase hydraulic capacity, transportation/storage and combined sewer discharge structures, pump stations, and force mains.
The cost of SFPUC Wastewater’s SSIP Sewer/Collection System Program is approximately $864.4 million through FY2031.
SFPUC Wastewater -
SSIP Storm Management/Flood Control 
This program includes work on drainage basins, green infrastructure, flood resilience, and the Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Grant Program. For drainage basins, the SFPUC will build, monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness of eight green infrastructure projects to minimize stormwater impacts throughout San Francisco's eight urban watersheds. Flood resilience projects will address combined sewer flooding caused by heavy rain through capital improvements, financial incentives, Building Code amendments, options for affordable flood insurance, and enhanced coordinated storm response. Green infrastructure construction of permeable surfaces and engineers’ subsurface systems will sustainably augment the collection system for the management of stormwater flows. Finally, the Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Grant Program will incentivize property owners to construct and maintain green infrastructure on large parcels. These projects will support the levels of service goals to minimize flooding, provide benefits to impacted communities, and achieve economic and environmental sustainability. Ancillary benefits may include reduced energy use (reduced pumping and treatment), potable water conservation, groundwater recharge, and improved community aesthetics.
The cost of SFPUC Wastewater’s SSIP Storm Management/Flood Control projects is approximately $695.2 million through FY2031.
SFPUC CleanPowerSF –
Local Renewable Energy Program
This program will fund the development of new renewable energy (solar photovoltaic) and battery storage projects on select SFPUC sites. The project is structured around six major phases, including: Planning, Request for Proposals, Construction and Commissioning, Power Purchase Agreement, Asset Management, and Project Buyout. The initial renewable energy facilities developed under this program would be structured as power purchase agreements (PPA) with third parties that would develop and operate the projects for an initial period of time. The PPAs would include a buy-out option for the City.
The cost of the SFPUC CleanPowerSF – Local Renewable Energy Program is approximately $62.7 million through FY2031.
SFPUC CleanPowerSF
Customer Programs
This program funds the development and implementation of programs that incentivize customers to invest in new clean energy technologies that can reduce their energy costs and further San Francisco’s decarbonization goals. Incentives will be available for residents and businesses investing in new clean and efficient equipment like solar power generating equipment, battery storage, electrical vehicle chargers and electric heat pump water heating.
The cost of the SFPUC CleanPowerSF Customer Programs is approximately $13.1 million through FY2031.

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