Overview
A view of a Caltrain vehicle crossing Jerrold Avenue

Introduction 

The proposed Quint-Jerrold Connector Road will link Quint Street, just north of Oakdale Avenue, to Jerrold Avenue via a new road along the west side of the Caltrain tracks. The road will restore access eliminated by the construction of a Caltrain berm project. It is also intended to support a potential new Caltrain station at Oakdale Avenue and provide access to other nearby land uses.

The Transportation Authority and SF Public Works are working together on a design for the new road. The proposed design meets all of the local circulation needs currently served by the existing Quint Street. The current proposal features:

  • One traffic lane in each direction and a sidewalk on the west side
  • Upgraded street lighting and new landscaping coordinated with adjacent properties
  • An intersection with Jerrold Avenue that would allow for turns in all directions, accommodate trucks, and integrate with the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market’s planned street reconfiguration

The project is currently in the planning and conceptual design phase; construction may begin in early 2022. 

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A map of the proposed Quint-Jerrold Connector Road

Project/Study Partners

The Transportation Authority is working closely with SF Public Works, SFMTA, the Planning Department, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the Office of Real Estate to complete conceptual design, environmental review, and initial right-of-way negotiations for the Connector Road.

Timeline and Status 

The project team is scheduled to complete the conceptual design and environmental review phases for the road in winter 2021, to be followed by final design and construction bidding. Construction is expected to begin in winter 2022. The project team will coordinate with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on the agency’s construction at the Southeast Treatment Plant. Going forward, the agencies will continue to work together to minimize the impact of the project sequencing and temporary access closure on the surrounding neighborhood.

Cost and Funding 

The current cost estimate for the Connector Road is $16-20 million. Planned funding for the project includes Caltrain funds, Prop K half-cent transportation sales tax funds, and funds from other local sources.

Resources

Caltrain webpage: Quint Street Project

Documents related to a new Caltrain Station at Oakdale Avenue

Ridership Study, 2014 (PDF)

Engineering Feasibility Study, 2005 (PDF)

Contact 

Mike Tan, Administrative Engineer

Key features

SF Public Works has led conceptual design of the Connector Road with support from the Transportation Authority and SFMTA. The design allows for one travel lane in each direction and a sidewalk along the west side of the street.

Intersection Design

The intersection of the Connector Road with Jerrold Avenue will be integrated with the modified intersection of Jerrold Avenue with Rankin Street and Innes Avenue that is planned as part of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market expansion project. The intersection with Jerrold Avenue also will accommodate trucks, although some movements would require wide turns.

In response to community input, agency staff has refined the intersection design to permit turns in all directions, including northbound from the Connector Road to Jerrold Avenue. With this change, the Connector Road is able to serve all traffic that currently uses Quint Street.

Streetscape Enhancements

Also in response to community feedback and the desire to have the Connector Road represent an enhancement over the existing Quint Street, the agencies have incorporated upgraded street lighting and trees along the sidewalk on the west side of the street and additional landscaping along the east side adjacent to the berm. We also are working to coordinate landscaping and streetscape improvements with the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, which recently constructed a new building alongside the Connector Road right-of-way.

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A diagram of the new roadway, sidewalk, and curb space

 

Background

The Caltrain bridge over Quint Street in the Bayview was more than 100 years old and at the end of its useful life. In March 2014, based on results of an inspection that revealed significant deterioration, Caltrain determined that emergency repairs to the bridge were needed. The interim repairs were completed in May 2014. Although those immediate repairs did not require Quint Street to be closed at that time, this development led to an expedited timeline for replacing the existing bridge.

The proposed bridge replacement—a berm—is the design approach selected by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board in July 2013 after considering various other alternatives. The berm was found to be the best solution to balance the need to find a cost effective solution that supports a potential Caltrain Station at Oakdale Avenue, and one that is compatible with adjacent land uses and vehicular access.

Caltrain completed replacement of the Quint Street Bridge with a new berm. The City is now planning to follow up Caltrain's project with the Quint-Jerrold Connector Road along the west side of the Caltrain tracks. This project will provide alternate access across the tracks to Jerrold Avenue via a new road.

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An image of the Quint Street Berm
Public engagement

The Transportation Authority, Caltrain, and partner agencies conducted five rounds of community outreach beginning in late 2011 and in June 2014. The agencies held several open houses noticed in Chinese, Spanish and English, meetings with community groups, and discussions with stakeholders about the bridge replacement and options under consideration.

Over the course of our outreach, the community has raised several key issues that our staff has worked to address:

  • Intersection design. The design of the Connector Road intersection with Jerrold Avenue previously did not allow northbound left turns from the Connector Road onto Jerrold. Stakeholders asked staff to rework the intersection design to permit turns in all directions and ease truck turning movements.
  • Connector Road enhancements. The agencies were asked to incorporate design enhancements into the Connector Road, such as enhanced lighting and landscaping.
  • Project schedules and temporary closure. Residents expressed concerns about the length of a temporary closure during construction and asked that the Connector Road be built before the existing Quint Street is closed. Though we hoped to begin construction of the road first, the bridge deterioration identified in March 2014 necessitates that it be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Local Job Opportunities. Community members emphasized the importance of ensuring that the Bridge Replacement and Connector Road projects provide local job and contracting opportunities.

Over the course of the project, the agencies involved have refined plans and project designs to incorporate the feedback we received and to address the issues raised by the community. As design work proceeds, we remain committed to these essential project elements.

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