Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. (Photo by BKD/Pixabay)

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and other city officials helped break ground recently on the second phase of construction along Jefferson Street in the Fisherman’s Wharf area.

The $16.3 million project, set to finish by fall 2020, runs along three blocks of the street from Jones to Powell streets and includes widened sidewalks, new lighting and other changes designed to calm traffic and improve the experience for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Crews finished work in 2013 on the first phase of the project on Jefferson between Hyde and Jones streets. The project is being done in phases to minimize impacts in the popular tourist area of the city, according to the mayor’s office.

During the construction, San Francisco Municipal Railway’s E-Embarcadero and F-Market and Wharves historic streetcars will turn back at Pier 39, and a shuttle bus will operate in a loop to serve missed stops on the last four blocks of the line.

“We are excited to begin the next phase of these important changes to Jefferson Street to make this area safer, more inviting, and pedestrian-focused,” Breed said. “Fisherman’s Wharf is a unique destination and this project will create a better street experience for locals and visitors from around the world.”