The crookedest street in the world, which is located in San Francisco, will be closed temporarily on the Lombard Street section beginning in late June.
The City’s Municipal Transportation Agency voted unanimously on Tuesday to close the street for the summer months to vehicles other than those owned by residents of the crookedest street. The street is a favorite among tourists who go to photograph the unique curvy road.
Due to the fact that an average of 2,000 vehicles use the street each weekend during the busy summer period, officials thought it best to close the street following a request from Street Supervisor Mark Farrell and a number of other complaints from some of the residents.
The residents do have a point, as the weekend traffic in summer is insufferable and a great inconvenience to the crookedest street in the world’s residents.
MTA spokesman Paul Rose said, “This will be a test to improve the safety for residents, pedestrians and motorists in the area. There are often a lot of people who come to either take pictures or drive down the street and it can cause lengthy delays.”
Dylan Giordano, a tourist in the area, said he agreed that it is best to close the street during the busy summer months. “It’s an insane amount of traffic and it must be difficult and obnoxious for the wealthy residents who live here and can’t even get into their own driveway,” he said.
City officials plan to evaluate the situation following the closure of the street with a view, if it works, to closing it more often, but no permanent closure of the crookedest street in the world is planned as yet.
It remains to be seen if the plan will work and satisfy the complaining residents in the area. It’s just a shame that tourists from around the world won’t be able to enjoy driving on the street this summer.