SAN FRANCISCO—Major construction will begin on Van Ness Avenue beginning in December. The construction project will be completed in three phases. The project is expected to be completed by 2019.

The first phase will focus on replacing sewer lines that date back to 150 years ago, as well as part of the fire department’s water systems.

Changes began in late October, when the Van Ness bus stop at Vallejo was removed, and relocated to southbound Van Ness Avenue at Green. Major traffic lane changes were implemented this weekend on the western side of the street, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

To prepare for construction, 86 trees will be removed and 210 new ones will be planted after the completion of the project. There are plans to remove the vintage streetlights on Van Ness Avenue and replace them with new ones.

The SFMTA advises those travelling in the area to consider alternate means for transportation, or for vehicles to take an alternate route and plan ahead for traffic delays.

“The median work will begin on the northbound side of Van Ness between McAllister and Pine Streets and on the southbound side between Broadway and Geary Street. The work area and traffic lane reduction will expand in both directions, reaching Mission and Lombard Streets by Thanksgiving,” states the SFMTA about on their website.

Construction is set to take place on Tuesdays between 2 and 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Those with questions about the project can contact staff directly by emailing or calling (415) 646-2310.