For the first time since its construction, the Golden Gate Bridge will be closing this weekend to install a Moveable Median Barrier on the Bridge and its approaches.
Be sure to check out these two stories we have run about the Golden Gate: "Picture Perfect" (June 2014) and "Bridging the Golden Gate," (May 2012). Also, don't miss the showing of States of Grace tonight at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael at 7 p.m.
Here is all the important information right from the press release:
The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed for 52 hours over the second weekend of January 2015. The Bridge will close at 12:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10th, 2015. It will reopen at 4:00 a.m. Monday, January 12th, 2015.
During this weekend, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will install a Moveable Median Barrier on the Bridge and its approaches. The Barrier is expected to provide a safer system of separating opposing lanes of traffic, which will virtually eliminate the possibility of head-on collisions.
The Bridge District urges the public to stay away from the Bridge area during this weekend. If travel between San Francisco and the North Bay Area is necessary, here are some options to get to your destination:
Golden Gate Transit bus service will be allowed to cross the Bridge. Busses will run on their usual weekend schedule. Golden Gate Ferry will be offering expanded service that weekend, including late night service. Vehicles traveling from the North Bay will need to use the Richmond-San Rafael and Bay Bridges to get into San Francisco. The Bridge’s east sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists, but the west sidewalk and parking lots at both ends of the Bridge will be closed to the public. The Bridge roadway will be closed completely to all vehicles other than Golden Gate Transit buses and emergency vehicles. SF MUNI 28 line will be allowed to maintain its route through the tunnel under the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza.
California Highway Patrol, San Francisco Police, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, National Park Service, Sausalito Police and Golden Gate Bridge Sergeants Office will begin closing access roads that lead to the Golden Gate Bridge at 9:30 pm on Friday, January 9th, 2015 and complete closure of Highway 101/Golden Gate Bridge will occur at 12:00 am (midnight) Saturday morning, January 10th, 2015.
In Marin, the Highway 101 closure will occur at the Marin City/Sausalito Exit. There will be no access to northbound or southbound Highway 101 between the Marin City/Sausalito exit and the Golden Gate Bridge.
In San Francisco, the Highway 101 closure will occur at the intersection of Doyle Drive and Marina Boulevard. There will also be a closure at the intersection of Highway 1 (Park Presidio Blvd.) and Lake Street. There will be no northbound access to Highway 101 between those exits and the bridge.
Over the next few weekends, some work will be done at night on the bridge to remove the small raised pavement markers (“Botts” Dots) currently used to delineate traffic lanes. These pavement markers are not compatible with the Moveable Median Barrier. The lanes will be restriped with a thermoplastic reflective material. The work will require nighttime lane closures.
For more information on the Moveable Median Barrier project, please visit: goldengatebridge.org.