Saturday, March 24, 2018

San Francisco Seawall Resiliency Project - 100+ Year Old Seawall Repair Estimated to Cost $5 Billion

BOMA San Francisco Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) members were honored to met with Steven Reel, Project Manager for the Port of San Francisco in late 2017.

Mr. Reel spoke about the San Francisco Seawall Resiliency Project. The Port of San Francisco is leading the San Francisco Seawall Earthquake Safety and Disaster Prevention Program, a citywide effort to create a more sustainable and resilient San Francisco waterfront by addressing immediate life safety upgrades to over three miles of the city’s northeastern waterfront stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek.

The overall cost is estimated at $5 billion dollars with some of the initial funding coming from various sources including possibly through the State of California (AB 2578) via a measure introduced by Assemblymember David Chiu.

About the Seawall 

San Francisco’s Embarcadero Seawall was constructed more than a century ago and is the foundation of over three miles of the city’s northeastern waterfront stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf in the north to Mission Creek in the south.

The Embarcadero Seawall supports key utility networks and transportation infrastructure for the BART, Muni, and ferry transportation networks. Additionally, the Seawall serves as a critical emergency response and recovery area and provides flood protection for downtown San Francisco.

With over $100 billion in assets and economic activity along the waterfront, the Seawall underpins the Historic Embarcadero Promenade, many of the city’s iconic tourist destinations, parks, restaurants, and local businesses – all drawing in the more than 24 million people who visit the waterfront each year.

All of today’s activity along the northern waterfront is made possible by the Seawall at its base.

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