Aug 26 2013

Bay Bridge Closes Wednesday at 8 pm

The Bay Bridge will close for five days to disconnect the original eastern half of the bridge at both the Oakland and Yerba Buena Island ends and connect its newly constructed replacement.  Crews will also pave and stripe the new connections and install barrier rails.  Taking advantage of the extended closure, maintenance work will be carried out on the western span, including cleaning, painting and replacing lighting fixtures. The bridge has closed on three previous Labor Day weekends in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

BART will operate 24-hour service during the Bay Bridge closure from Concord, Walnut Creek, El Cerrito del Norte, downtown Berkeley, MacArthur, 12th St Oakland, Coliseum Oakland Airport, Bay Fair, Dublin/Pleasanton, Embarcadero, Powell, 24th St Mission, Daly City and SFO.

There will be three additional daily ferries between Oakland’s Jack London Square and San Francisco on Thursday through Monday.  AC Transit’s transbay bus service ceases with the last transbay bus leaving San Francisco at 7:10 pm Wednesday.

The new east span of the Bay Bridge is scheduled to open to traffic no later than 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3.  It could open earlier, at any time following the ceremonial chain-cutting at 3pm on Monday.

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