Octavia Boulevard was opened in 2005 as a replacement for an elevated segment of the Central...See more
Octavia Boulevard was opened in 2005 as a replacement for an elevated segment of the Central Freeway damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The street maintains auto access to San Francisco's west side, carrying more than 40,000 cars a day. At the same time, its multiway design, with local access side lanes separated from through traffic by landscaped medians, buffers cyclists, pedestrians and residents from traffic. The surrounding neighborhood of Hayes Valley, blighted by the freeway since the 1950s, has been revitalized and will only become livelier as housing fills in a strip along the boulevard's east side left vacant by the freeway's demolition.