Protected intersection at 5th Street and Howard

New protected intersection featuring an island, road striping and curb ramp at 5th Street and Howard Street 

Photo by SFMTA Photography Department

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency completed construction of the 5th Street Quick-Build Project this month, a Vision Zero project supported by the Transportation Authority half-cent sales tax funds. The project installed safety improvements along 5th Street between Market and Townsend Streets in the South of Market neighborhood.

5th Street is located on the city’s Vision Zero High-Injury Network, which are the 12 percent of streets that account for 68 percent of San Francisco’s severe and fatal traffic injuries.

The overall street improvements include: 

  • Four transit boarding islands to increase the reliability of transit services and comfort for waiting passengers; 
  • A raised crosswalk at Minna Street;
  • Sidewalk widening and landscape improvements;
  • Continuous bike lanes for entire corridor, including protected bike lanes for the majority of the corridor;
  • Painted safety zones at 5th/Harrison and 5th/Bryant freeway ramps to slow turning cars;
  • Two bicycle signals;
  • 12 curb ramps at loading zones and boarding islands; and 
  • Road diet from four lanes to three lanes.

The Transportation Authority provided over $378,000 in Prop AA vehicle registration fee funding to support the construction of the transit boarding islands, raised crosswalk, and roadway striping. 

Previously, the Transportation Authority also provided $150,000 in sales tax funds to help deliver protected bike lanes, daylighting, and signal timing improvements for 5th Street which were completed in January 2020.


5th Street Improvement Project (SFMTA)

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