Super Bowl Village causes major traffic in San Francisco


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Traffic on Market Street in San Francisco starts to worsen as surrounding streets are closed for construction of Super Bowl Village

Sarah Tocatlian, Staff Writer

The base of Market Street in downtown San Francisco has become a construction zone.

Construction crews have been working into the night building the Super Bowl Fan Village that will open from Jan. 30 until game day, Feb. 7.

The approaching Super Bowl means traffic hassles for San Francisco residents and visitors since streets have started to close in preparation for celebrations of the big game.

Streets around Justin Herman Plaza, where Super Bowl City is scheduled to take place, have been closed by city officials since Saturday.

To allow time for the fan village to be dismantled, the affected streets will stay closed through 8 p.m. on Feb. 12.

During the NFL Experience event at Moscone Center, Howard Street will also be closed between Third and Fourth Street, but the north sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians according SFMTA officials .

Public transit companies have started to prep for the large amount of people using public transportation because of the road closures.

Sophomore Jimmy Rudger said, “I think that even you resort to taking public transportation, it is still worth going because having to opportunity to go to something like this doesn’t happen all the time.”

With people resorting to the use of public transportation, BART officials say that they will be able to handle the crowds, and plan to extend their four-car trains to 10 cars.

Even the Ferry lines have started to get longer, making it hard to commute via water.

Though traffic levels are high, people are still motivated to go into San Francisco and celebrate the 50th Super Bowl. “I’m really excited for the big game, and I think that it is really special that it’s happening here, in the Bay Area. I can’t wait to go see what Super Bowl  Village is like,” said freshman Jordan Cheney.