Richmond-San Rafael Bridge’s third eastbound lane set to open Friday

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge's third eastbound lane set to open Friday

The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge’s third eastbound traffic lane is set to open Friday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

Aiming to relieve traffic congestion during peak hours, the third lane will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Saturday and Sunday, MTC spokesman John Goodwin told the Standard.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. Friday on the Marin County side of the bridge, Goodwin said.

When in need, the third lane might open outside the standard afternoon peak hours. The corridor from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Marin County to Richmond Parkway has been outfitted with cameras and instrumentation to gauge traffic speeds so that traffic can be monitored in real time, Goodwin said.

“If there is some big congestion created earlier than 2 p.m., they can adjust and open a lane,” Goodwin said.

Twenty overhead digital signs on the bridge will help guide traffic. The video provides more information.

The third lane is part of a broader effort to improve mobility on the bridge that adds a bike and pedestrian pathway westbound on the span. For more project information, go here.


  1. This is great news! On weekends there is a crazy amount of traffic Eastbound for the bridge. I’ve taken as long as 45 minutes to get from 101 to Richmond. When I was crossing the bridge yesterday I wondered about where stalled cars would go, but remembered that Golden Gate and Bay Bridges don’t have a “shoulder”, either.

    Other than the toll station with people who don’t have Fastrak, I’ve never seen it backed up Westbound approaching the bridge. The bike lane will be a welcome addition for cyclists in the East Bay, especially on weekends.