The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) advises San Francisco residents and visitors of traffic impacts expected during Oracle Open World, which will occur at the Moscone Center from Sunday, September 21 through Thursday, September 25, 2008. More than 40,000 attendees are expected to attend the event.
Howard Street is scheduled to be closed between Third Street and Fourth Street continuously for nine days beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26 to accommodate the event. In previous years the closure has lifted as early as 3:00 p.m. on the final Friday.
Significant traffic congestion is anticipated in and around Moscone Center between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily for the duration of the closure. Additionally, the San Francisco Giants will host four home games at 7:15 p.m., starting on Tuesday, September 23. Motorists are encouraged to take public transit or use alternate routes.
Howard Street primary detour routes:
For those traveling westbound on Howard Street , the detour will direct traffic south on 2nd Street to Harrison Street .
For those traveling from north of Market on Montgomery, the detour will direct southbound traffic from New Montgomery, westbound on Howard, and south on Hawthorne to either Folsom or Harrison.
Detour signs and traffic message boards are installed along Howard Street and the detour routes. Caltrans will also activate message signs on major freeways entering the city to notify motorists of the closure.
SFMTA Parking Control Officers and San Francisco Police Officers will be deployed at key intersections prior to and during the closure.
The SFMTA’s Parking and Traffic Division and Muni Operations have worked closely with the Mayor’s Office, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Fire Department in developing the traffic control plan. Attached is a detailed PDF of the event location showing detour routes provided by the Oracle World event organizers.
Established by voter proposition in 1999, the SFMTA, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees both the Municipal Railway (Muni) and the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT). With five modes of transit, Muni has approximately 700,000 passenger boardings each day. Over 35,000 extra vehicles enter San Francisco on any given business day, and rely on DPT to keep the flow of cars, transit vehicles, delivery trucks, pedestrians, and bicycles moving smoothly through the streets.
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