Super Bowl City to heavily impact traffic in San Francisco

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In honor of its 50th year, this year's festivities will be the longest celebration in Super Bowl history, which could mean road closures in San Francisco for up to 21 days. (KGO-TV)

San Francisco streets will close Saturday for Super Bowl City, and they'll stay closed for three weeks. Here's a look at what's shutting down and how to get around it.

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Brakes squeal and a collision is narrowly avoided. It's just another day on the congested streets of San Francisco.

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Starting this weekend, businesses around Super Bowl City in San Francisco will be gearing up and starting their safety measure early.

"Every year, traffic is getting worse and worse," said taxi driver Dimitri Kuberman.

You don't have to be a cabbie like Kuberman to know that.

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"Buses in the way, delivery trucks blocking your way, people double parking (and) dropping people off," said San Francisco driver Peter Jew.

Fellow driver Jason Hunt adds, "It's not getting better. It doesn't seem like it's going to get any better."

No, it doesn't. In fact, it's about to get worse.

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City officials expect 1 million people to squeeze into San Francisco for the festivities like Super Bowl City just off the Embarcadero. And in honor of its 50th anniversary, this will be the longest celebration in Super Bowl history. This could mean road closures for up to 21 days.

Market Street will be closed between Beale and Steuart streets. The southbound lanes of the Embarcadero from Washington to Don Chee Way will close down along with Beale, Main, Spear and Steuart streets from Market to Howard and then Howard between 3rd and 4th streets.

"That's why we have to get more people off of the road driving private automobiles and onto mass transit and other forms of transportation to keep the streets moving," said Paul Rose with the SFMTA.

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Officials are pushing hard for locals and visitors to take BART or Muni and then walk or bike to Super Bowl City at Justin Herman Plaza and the NFL Experience at the Moscone Center. That's going to mean more foot traffic and safety will have to come first.

"We need to lookout for each other and we need to use common sense and common courtesy. We know we're driving in a congested area and that's one way to help us get through it," said Eric Young.

So along with your football fan gear, remember to pack plenty of patience.

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