San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Eastbound CLOSURE: Labor Day Weekend 2006
Motorists are advised to RIDE BART or TAKE ALTERNATE BRIDGES
As part of its West Approach Seismic Retrofit Project, Caltrans will perform
major demolition work on the Bay Bridge over Labor Day weekend. The eastbound
direction (the lower deck from San Francisco to the East Bay) of the Bay Bridge
will be closed to traffic from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept.
1 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. The closure will be in the eastbound direction only. The upper deck
will remain open to westbound traffic coming into San Francisco throughout
are advised to use BART to travel between San Francisco and the East Bay. BART
will provide all-night service to a limited number of stations Friday night
into Saturday, Saturday night into Sunday, and Sunday night through 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 5. Regular BART service resumes at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.
5. BART will run regularly scheduled service to all its stations during normal
operating hours. This includes operating on a Saturday schedule on Sept. 2,
and a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4.
The Alameda-Oakland Ferry and the Vallejo Baylink Ferry will offer expanded
services throughout the weekend.
For those who must drive, alternatives to the Bay Bridge include U.S. 101
south to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, or U.S. 101 north across the Golden
Gate Bridge to Interstate 580 and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
The Bay Bridge
closure may result in significantly increased northbound traffic across the
Golden Gate Bridge. If this occurs, motorists should also expect southbound
delays across the Golden Gate Bridge, as the roadway may be shared by heavy
traffic in both directions — likely resulting in three traffic
lanes for each direction. Typically on Labor Day weekends, the Golden Gate
Bridge is configured to accommodate high southbound traffic volumes with four
southbound lanes and two northbound lanes. For transit options to/from the
North Bay, go to 511.org or call 511 and ask for "Golden Gate Transit" at
the first prompt.
The westbound direction of the Bay Bridge will remain open throughout the
weekend. Motorists headed into San Francisco via the Bay Bridge will no longer
encounter a traffic split near the Fremont/Folsom off-ramp. Four lanes of freeway
traffic will continue westbound while the two right lanes exit onto the Fremont/Folsom
off-ramp. Treasure Island will remain accessible throughout the weekend, via
specially scheduled bus service to/from San Francisco and regular vehicle traffic
to/from the East Bay.
information is always available at baybridgeinfo.org.