Crissy Field construction to last through summer

San Francisco’s Crissy Field is due for a¬†brand new promenade, and¬†construction to rebuild the oceanfront path is set to begin in March, National Park Service officials announced Monday.

Since the promenade opened in 2001, it has degraded beyond repair due to harsh weather and high use by its more than 18 million visitors, according to park officials.

The new project, which will be implemented in four phases in order to minimize impact to visitors, will see the granite promenade converted into one made of a more durable compacted shale material.

The new trail will look and feel similar to the current one, but is expected to last longer, park officials said.

Construction is expected to last through the summer.

During the construction, detours will be in place to direct visitors around the construction zone. The beaches, marsh and airfield, as well will remain open.

Additionally, bicyclists at Crissy Field will still be able use the Mason Street bicycle and pedestrian path during the construction.

The $5 million project was given $2.5 million by the NPS’ Centennial Challenge Project, according to NPS officials.

More information about the project can be seen at go.nps.gov/crissypromenade.