Excavators with hydraulic hammers have made short work of Doyle Drive. By Saturday, April 28, approximately 65,000 tons of steel-reinforced concrete was demolished and ready to be recycled.
Work crews are spending today, Sunday the 29th, paving and striping the half-mile temporary detour for the Monday Morning Commute. Doyle Drive carries an average of 100,000 vehicles a day, so backups on the new roadway can be expected as drivers get used to the new route.
According to the Presidio Parkway website, “ Replacing this aging roadway is not only critical for seismic and traffic safety, but also provides an opportunity for major design improvements.
Doyle Drive has been re-envisioned as the Presidio Parkway – a roadway tucked into the natural contours of the Presidio of San Francisco and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the nation’s largest urban parks. The Presidio Parkway will create a spectacular regional gateway between the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. The project team strived to create a roadway that reduces impacts to biological, cultural and natural resources; respects the project setting within a national park, the National Historic Landmark District and surrounding neighborhoods; meets community needs; and provides a safer roadway.”
Construction is expected to be completed in 2015.