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NSCFM-Sewer Force Main, Water Main Relocation & Replacement, and Pavement Renovation

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Drumm Street Traffic Configuration to be Restored July 19, 2014

Bus Stop to Reopen Near Drumm/California in Front of Hyatt Embarcadero

The San Francisco Public Utilties Commission (SFPUC) has completed its North Shore Force Main pipe installation along Drumm Street and is preparing the roadway for restoration to pre-detour traffic patterns between Market and Washington Streets. Striping of the northbound Drumm Street traffic lanes, signal changes and restoration of MUNI overhead lines is expected to be completed July 19. The restored roadway will open to regular traffic by the evening of July 19.

After the 19th, the  MUNI bus stop at Drumm/California will be reactivated. PresidiGo and Amtrak will also resume passenger pick-up/drop-offin front of the Hyatt Embarcadero at  Drumm/California Sts. Likewise, the Hyatt’s driveway will return to its pre-detour service pattern.

SFPUC will continue restoration activities in select areas along Drumm Street (paving, medians, curbs, sidewalks) throughout the summer with possibile temporary traffic lane closures.


Spear Street Sewer Construction Resumes from Market to Mission streets

Parking to be Removed and Bus Routes to be Relocated

Local access to businesses will be provided and existing driveways will remain open

The week of July 21, the SFPUC contractor will begin transitioning to Spear Street to continue the installation of the sewer main pipeline. Parking along Spear Street from Market to Mission Streets will be removed and equipment will be stored for the upcoming work. On July 22, Muni buses will be routed off of this block in preparation for the construction work. See the planned Spear Street detour.

Later in July, the block will be closed to through traffic, although local businesses will retain access to their driveways. "To facilitate construction, the Contractor must close the street to all but local traffic," says SFPUC Project Manager Bessie Tam. This block will remain closed through Spring 2015.

Project's Regular Work Days & Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. (notification will be provided for weekend/night-work)

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Project Description

The existing North Shore force main serves more than 350,000 people by transporting combined wastewater – sanitary sewage and stormwater – from the northeast part of San Francisco to the Southeast Wastwater Treatment Plant for treatment. The existing force main is near the end of its useful life and in need of repair. The completion of this new sewer project will enable the rehabilitation of the existing sewer line and ensure continued service to residents and businesses of San Francisco.


North Shore circa 1869 to Present Day 

North Shore Shoreline circa 1869 North Shore shoreline present day

Comparing the Embarcadero wharf from centuries ago with today’s built up environment, helps us understand the difficulties the design engineers and contractor constantly struggle with as they encounter unmarked piers, buried brick sewers and other remains from the 1800s. 

Project Information

    July 2012
    November 2014
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Additional Information


Spear St Detour

Project Alignment Map for Sewer Construction Work 

Drumm Street Notice

Spear Street Notice

Drumm Street Detour Map



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