Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to add third lane

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State officials have decided to add a much-needed third lane to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, according to a report today from KGO-TV.

The plan calls for adding the third lane to the lower deck for eastbound traffic beginning in December 2017, with the main goal of clearing up traffic on the bridge during rush hour. The plan was presented to Caltrans on Wednesday, clearing the way for the project to begin.

According to the report, the third lane would be open during commute hours. During other times it would serve as a shoulder.

The plan also includes adding a bike lane to the upper deck heading west toward San Rafael. The total cost for the added third lane and bike lane is reportedly $74 million. Construction could begin as early as October.

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  1. Uh, removing some pylons and painting new lines for the lower deck, and adding pylons or other safety barrier for the upper level bike/hike lane is going to cost…$74 million? Thanks CalTrans! What a bargain! How can you do that so cheaply?!

  2. I think to properly protect bicyclists from the bridge traffic will require something more substantial than pylons. Also, the article implies the lower deck will have some sort of moveable barrier, as the lane will only be open during evening commute hours.

  3. I commute every workday to Albany from San Rafael. We all know that eastbound in the morning and westbound in the evening is pretty much a breeze. However, it gives me the opportunity to observe the congested commute going in the opposite direction.

    IMO, the eastbound congestion at the western end of the bridge in the evening is because of the SFD merge combined with the on ramp next to San Quinton. However, the traffic leaving the bridge at the east end at that time of day (6:00 pm) flows pretty well.
    I commute every workday to Albany from San Rafael. We all know that eastbound in the morning and westbound in the evening is pretty much a breeze. However, it gives me the opportunity to observe the congested commute going in the opposite direction.

    IMO, the eastbound congestion at the western end of the bridge in the evening is because of the SFD merge combined with the on ramp next to San Quinton. However, the traffic leaving the bridge at the east end at that time of day (6:00 pm) flows pretty well.

    I don’t have a good explanation for the congestion westbound in the morning, although I suspect it’s the toll booths. That traffic, when exiting the bridge on the west end, moves pretty well.

    What this tells me is that it’s not really the fault of number of lanes on the bridge, but the fault of the current configuration of the approaches.

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