Van Ness Avenue Detours Ahead

HerreroBOLDT Enters Tunnel Construction Phase

SAN FRANCISCO--()--HerreroBOLDT, general contractor of the Van Ness and Geary Sutter Health’s CPMC Campus, today announced the start of the next building phase: a 124-foot-long, 10-foot-wide and 10-foot-high pedestrian tunnel beneath Van Ness Avenue that will connect the future 274-bed hospital and medical office building.

This phase of construction will require temporary traffic restrictions on Van Ness Avenue between Ellis and Pine Streets, and a one block closure between Geary and Post. To expedite tunnel construction, HerreroBOLDT is working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and with Caltrans—which oversees the Van Ness Avenue/US 101 corridor. Closures will be either for partial limited nighttime work hours or for three full 72-hour weekends:

  • April 6 – April 9, 2015
    04/06/15 at 11 p.m. until 04/07/15 at 6 a.m.
    04/07/15 at 11 p.m. until 04/08/15 at 6 a.m.
    04/08/15 at 11 p.m. until 04/09/15 at 6 a.m.
  • April 10 – April 12, 2015
    Full 72-hour closure starting Friday at 12:00 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  • April 24 – April 26, 2015
    Full 72-hour closure starting Friday at 12:00 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  • September 5 – September 7, 2015
    Full 72-hour closure starting Saturday at 12:00 a.m. until Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Off-street construction will take place April 2015 to August 2015, and will have no impact on Van Ness Avenue; full access will be available.

This construction schedule was determined to be the least impactful on neighbors and was selected in partnership with SFMTA and Caltrans over alternatives that would have required between ten and twenty months of nighttime work.

To minimize impact, Van Ness Avenue will remain open to Muni, Golden Gate Transit, pedestrians along one side of Van Ness, the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments, and other first responders. Local drivers will have access inside the central detour zone along Van Ness between Pine and Ellis. Alternative routes are in place for other motorists, and detours will be staffed with traffic officers and flaggers at intersections. All east-west streets crossing Van Ness will remain open to traffic.

In order to accommodate detour traffic, parking restrictions on Franklin and Gough Streets within the detour zone will be in place during the three 72-hour closures.

Collaborating with SFMTA and Caltrans, HerreroBOLDT will notify motorists and pedestrians of all upcoming activity and detour options, and road closure notices have been distributed. Visit for more project details. Check for live traffic updates, and please follow on Twitter: @HerreroBOLDT, @CaltransD4, @sfmta_muni.

Once completed, the medical campus will be fully compliant with new state law requiring acute care hospitals to meet updated seismic safety standards. HerreroBOLDT will be involved throughout the project’s entire lifecycle.


Miquel Penn, 415-697-5432

Release Summary

Alert: Van Ness Avenue detours; tunnel construction at Sutter Health CPMC Van Ness & Geary Campus starting soon.


Miquel Penn, 415-697-5432