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Project Purpose and Need
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) operates a
combined sewer system that collects and treats San Francisco’s wastewater (sewage and stormwater). Our Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is upgrading and modernizing our system to ensure we can continue to protect public health and the environment now and into the future.
The intersection of 15th and Wawona does not meet the citywide design standards for stormwater management and has been susceptible to flooding associated with moderate and heavy storms. The Wawona Area Stormwater Improvement and Vicente Water Main Replacement project will bring this area up to the citywide design standard for stormwater management and reduce the risk of flooding in the area of 15th Avenue and Wawona Street. This project will install a new sewer pipe under Vicente Street, from Wawona Street to 34th Avenue. The project will also replace the aging water transmission and distribution mains on Wawona Street, 15th Avenue, and on Vicente Street west of 19th Avenue.
To minimize disruption from construction and staging to the surrounding community, the SFPUC is coordinating with other large projects in the area including the L-Taraval Improvement Project and the 19th Avenue Improvement Project.
- Reduce the risk of flooding by diverting
some of the stormwater flow to a new large sewer pipe to be installed under Vicente Street, from Wawona Street to 34th Avenue
- Increase the ability to capture and divert street runoff with new stormwater inlets around 15th Avenue and Wawona Street intersection
- Upgrade the aging water transmission
and distribution mains along Vicente and Wawona streets
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Closeup of Trenchless Launching/Receiving Shafts
Launch shaft staging area.
Receiving shaft staging area.
- Trenchless work between 20th/14th avenues
- Maintain one lane of traffic both directions along Vicente Street
- Parking restrictions with advanced notice
- No left turn from east bound Vicente Street onto northbound 19th Avenue
Late Spring 2021 - Winter 2023
It is important to note that Even after project completion, this area will still be at risk of flooding during heavy rains. For more information on stormwater management, visit sfwater.org/RainReadySF.
About the SSIP
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) recently launched the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a 20-year citywide investment to upgrade our aging sewer system and provide a more reliable, sustainable, and seismically safe system now and for future generations. The SSIP includes a series of facility upgrades at the Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) located in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. Click here to learn more about the SSIP.