De-Elevating The Mission Freeway
Fellow mapologist Eric Fischer took the time to alert me to diagrams from the SF 1948 Transportation Plan for the never-built Mission Freeway that we discussed a few months back.
Prior to the Great Freeway Revolt, traffic planners wanted the highway immediately to the east of Mission St — basically a continuation of the 280/San Jose exit now. It was to run
- along the foot of Bernal, between Mission and Coleridge
- from CC/Army to 24th, between Mission and Capp
- slice diagonally between 24th to 20th
- between Capp and Van Ness from 20th to 14th
I sliced together the two sections of the map for viewing convenience, click to zoom. (South is up)
The Mission would have been cut in two. Think a huge trough like Geary by Fillmore.
The highway was to be at or below grade from 26th to 14th. 15th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, 25th and 26th would have been cut off. The Bernal section looks to at grade, and Bernal would have been completely cut off from Mission / La Lengua except for Coleman (and Army). No Zante’s, Baby Blues, La Taqueria, El Faralito, Benders…
UPDATE: Eric’s Flickr stream also contains this dramatic rendition of the Mission Highway, looking NE, between Mission and Coleridge, with Cortland coming down Bernal on the right: