Aug 10, 2015
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Traffic volume on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge has increased about 13 percent over the last five years, with last month being the highest yet during that time period, according to the Bay Area News Group.

The nearly 1.3 million vehicles that paid to cross the span in July was the highest monthly count in five years on the bridge, Metropolitan Transportation Commission data shows, the news organization reported.

Regional transportation officials say the uptick in vehicles is related to an improving economy where more residents are traveling to jobs, the news organization said.

Obviously, increased traffic has led the bridge to periods of gridlock, particularly during the morning and afternoon commutes. As we’ve reported before, a plan is underway to add a third eastbound vehicle lane that aims to ease congestion during the morning commute. The lane is expected to be installed by at least 2017.

Read the full Bay Area News Group report here.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.