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.