Frida Kahlo-Ocean-Geneva Intersection ‘Quick-Build’ Improvement Project Funded

The Frida Kahlo-Ocean-Geneva intersection. Rendering courtesy of SFMTA

A protected bike lane, traffic signal timing changes and a reconfigured bus stop are slated for the Frida Kahlo Way, Ocean Avenue and Geneva Avenue intersection after the San Francisco County Transit Authority approved a funding package of quick-to-do safety projects earlier this month.

The SFCTA committed $5.8 million for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Vision Zero Quick-Build program, a suite of projects meant to improve safety on the city’s most dangerous streets with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2024.

“A quick-build project is defined to only include reversible or adjustable traffic controls to facilitate transportation safety, such as roadway and curb paint, traffic signs, traffic delineators, traffic signal changes, transit boarding islands and parking and loading changes,” according to the SFMTA’s funding request. “While quick-build projects are limited in scope, they offer the opportunity to implement safety improvements more quickly than a typical design-bid-build process.”

$266,000 will go to the Frida Kahlo-Ocean-Geneva intersection, which the Vision Zero program identified as a high injury corridor in 2017.

The SFCTA allocated $40,000 from the Transportation Network Company tax for design and $226,000 from the Prop. K sales tax for construction.

The Ingleside Light reached out to the SFMTA spokesperson for more information early last week and again this week but did not receive a response by press time.

The area has been studied by the city before. Public Works and the Planning Department created an Ocean Avenue Corridor Design Project that outlines concepts to improve the area.

The SFMTA’s Frida Kahlo-Ocean-Geneva Intersection project, currently formerly called the Ocean Avenue Safety Project, focuses on developing longterm improvements for the area as well. The consultants charged with studying they area determined that quick-build projects would be useful in providing needed improvements.

The SFMTA will do community outreach in advance of any work. The project completion date targets the end of 2023.