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Lombard Street - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 37° 48.128 W 122° 25.084
10S E 551229 N 4184020
Quick Description: One of the most crooked streets in the world.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2009 9:15:21 PM
Waymark Code: WM62XR
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 36

Long Description:
"Lombard Street is best known for the one-way[2] section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being "the crookedest [most winding] street in world."[3] The switchbacks design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry[citation needed] and instituted in 1922,[4] was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade,[citation needed] which was too steep for most vehicles to climb and a serious hazard to pedestrians used to a more reasonable sixteen-degree incline. The crooked section of the street, which is about 1/4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit here is a mere 5 mph (8 km/h)." (visit link)
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