The four days and change the Bay Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday Sept. 8 will be the longest period the span was shut down -- intentionally.
Longtime Bay Area residents may well recall the one month and one day marathon rebuilding session between Oct. 17 and Nov. 18, 1989 following the Loma Prieta earthquake. BART and the ferries resembled evacuation transports and the air was clean and fresh -- unless you were near an alternate Bay Area bridge.
Incidentally, here's a neat trick that you won't be able to pull off for much longer: Right before the cantaliever section on the bridge's eastern span, turn off your radio. You can hear your tires bump as you drive on to and off of the 55-foot section workers toiled day and night to replace.
In addition to the looming longest intentional shuttering of the bridge, CalTrans spokesman Bart Ney notes that this will be the first time the bridge was ever purposefully closed on a working day.
"People keep talking about bridge being closed for Labor Day weekend -- but they're not hearing that it'll be closed on Friday, too," he said.