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San Francisco Earmarks $150M for Infrastructure Improvements

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and partner agencies have earmarked $150 million to address coastal erosion at Ocean Beach and protect a sewage treatment facility, an increase of nearly $60 million from original estimates.

The commission is calling the effort one of San Francisco’s first climate change adaptation projects. Construction is expected to commence in early 2023, and finish in 2027.

The focus is on securing the Oceanside Treatment Plant, a key piece of civic infrastructure treating sewage from the city’s Westside, including improvements to the Lake Merced Tunnel, a 14-foot-diameter pipe under the Great Highway south of Sloat Boulevard from 1896.

As the City wrestles with such compelling issues as affordable housing, new development and homelessness, continued investment in public health infrastructure has also become a priority.

“We have critical wastewater infrastructure at risk,” SFPUC’s project manager Anna Roche said at a recent Capital Planning Commission meeting.

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