SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge is closed this weekend, and shut down again next weekend for earthquake safety improvements, pushing motorists onto alternate routes to get between the Peninsula and East Bay, Caltrans officials said.

This weekend’s closure began at 10 p.m. Friday and is expected to continue until 5 a.m. Monday.

The span will shut down again the weekend of Oct. 26-29.

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The closures allow crews to install a new seismic joint and replace 60 feet of the bridge deck just east of the high rise, officials said.

Suggested alternate routes include the Dumbarton Bridge, the Bay Bridge or a southern route along state Highway 237.

As part of the closures, on-ramps from Edgewater Boulevard and Metro Center Boulevard on the Foster City eastbound side of the bridge will also shut down.

On the westbound side in Hayward, the on-ramp from Industrial Boulevard and Clawiter Road will be closed.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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