Over Memorial Day Weekend, the city shut down Geary Street and removed the pedestrian bridge at Steiner. The crew started early on Saturday and by Sunday morning it was reduced to rubble as you can see below.
No one will miss this bridge, because no one ever walked on it. It let you cross busy Geary Street at will, but climbing up the ramp at one end, crossing the bridge, and coming down the ramp on the other end took longer than waiting for the light to change and crossing at street level.
This bridge was a vestige of the 1960s, when this section of Geary was widened to six traffic lanes and turned into a mini-freeway with an underpass at Fillmore and closure of Buchanan and Octavia streets. The result was a nine-block gash through a traditional neighborhood that has never healed.
Another surface-level crosswalk is being added at Buchanan, and Geary is being narrowed with bulb-outs for bus stops and parking. All this should make the neighborhood more livable.