Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bike-ped path to close for bridge inspection

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The pedestrian and cycling pathway on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge will be closed five hours each day from Monday through Friday for the next three weeks to allow Caltrans to perform routine structural inspection of the span, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

Depending on weather, the four-mile-long path will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day beginning Monday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Jan. 31. The pathway also will be closed during the same hours from Monday, Feb. 3 through Friday, Feb. 7 and from Monday, Feb. 10 through Friday, Feb. 14.

Also, the path will be closed in the overnight hours from Monday, Feb. 3 through Friday, Feb. 7 to accommodate crews performing repairs to the moveable barrier that separates bicyclists and pedestrians from westbound traffic. These closures will begin each night at 8 p.m. and continue until 5 a.m. the next morning. Traffic lanes for westbound motorists will remain open during the path closures.

The Richmond-San Rafael bicycle/pedestrian path opened to the public in November 2019. The inspections, which are required every two years by the Federal Highway Administration, are occurring during the winter months rather than the spring and summer months to accommodate path users, according to the MTC.

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