Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Trenching Index 

Wednesday, Dec 23 1998
Comments
* There are 12,747 city blocks in San Francisco. More than 11 percent of them -- 1,483, to be precise -- have been dug up at least 10 times since they were last paved.

* It costs just $50 for a permit to dig up a street, and they are issued by the thousands to companies installing cable, fiber-optics, utilities, and other underground lines.

* In fiscal year 1994, the total square footage of streets excavated was 562,000. By 1998, the total had risen to 720,000.

* In fiscal year 1997, the city issued 3,064 permits for utilities and others to dig up streets. Right now, Pacific Gas & Electric alone has outstanding permits to excavate 432 city blocks.

* In fiscal year 1997, the city spent $14.1 million repaving streets. Today, 50 percent of streets still need to be repaved.

* In the next five years, the Department of Public Works expects to repave 2,435 city blocks. But during the next five years, at least 4,369 city blocks will be dug up, including 3,500 just by utility companies.

* While 19 percent of the city's streets are repaved in the next five years, 33 percent will be cut open.

* The city has only five inspectors to check up on the thousands of excavation projects. Since September 8, crews supposedly have been forbidden from digging before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. But inspectors have written 400 citations to crews working outside the permitted hours. Each citation carries a $271 fine.

Note: Fiscal years from July 1 to June 30. Source: San Francisco Department of Public Works

About The Author

Lisa Davis

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"