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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Don't Forget the Golden Gate Bridge Will Close This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 2:25 PM

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It's not closing until Saturday at midnight, but we figured we'd give you a head start in planning your weekend around this bridge blackout. 

The bridge will be closed until Monday, Jan. 12 while crews work to install a movable median barrier that will basically make driving on the Golden Gate Bridge a much less scary experience. As of now, opposing lanes are divided up by less efficient plastic tubular pylons, which leaves plenty of room for cross-over collisions. 
The good news is that pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to traverse the Golden Gate Bridge during the weekend closure.

If you prefer not to bike or walk anywhere, Golden Gate Transit buses will be allowed to cross the Bridge throughout the closure and will operate weekend schedules. Routes 10 and 17 and late-night Route 70 trips will not operate through Sausalito. Instead, commuters can hop a free shuttle between downtown Sausalito and Marin City to connect to their final route.

Stops between downtown Sausalito and the Bridge will not be served.

If buses don't appeal, you can also enjoy the Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry which will operate normal weekend service; the Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry is adding service between 5:45 a.m. and 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 and Sunday, Jan. 11 to assist during the closure. 

Bridge closures are always a pain, but once it's all said and done, drivers can expect a much safer ride with reduced speed limits and more traffic lanes during peak commute hours. The median barrier will be moved through the day to accommodate the varying traffic patterns. 

Check out this video, which emulates what will be the new driving experience across the Golden Gate Bridge: 


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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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