Famous San Francisco street to see summer closing

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco transit leaders will temporarily close a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot that's known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."

On Tuesday, the city's Municipal Transportation Agency unanimously approved a pilot closure to vehicles on the oft-photographed, well-traveled curvy and winding thoroughfare for four consecutive weekends starting in late June and including the Fourth of July weekend during the busy summer tourist season. The vehicle closure does not apply to residents who live in the area.

About an average of 2,000 vehicles travel on the street each weekend day during that period, the city said.

WHAT IS LOMBARD STREET?

The world famous scenic, hilly street in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood been featured on TV, in movies— and even video games — is known for its one-block stretch of winding brick road that consists of eight sharp, hairpin turns. Attracting hundreds of thousands annually, tourists prefer to take snapshot panoramic views of the city at the top and then drive down the crooked street with flower gardens at every corner like it's an amusement park ride. It is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in San Francisco besides the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Cable Cars and Fisherman's Wharf.