SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND (KCBS) — Starting this week, the new Bay Bridge bike path will be closing periodically as crews continue to tear down the old span, but cyclists are willing to put up with it since the work is extending the trail to Yerba Buena Island.

A newly-installed gate will keep cyclists off of the trail while Caltrans demolition work takes place. The gate will be closed Monday through Friday and the occasional Saturday while work is in progress.

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“We understand they’re going to have to do some temporary closures of the pathway related to the demolition of the old bridge and then eventually related to the construction of the touchdown portion of the bike trail,” said Dave Campbell with Bike East Bay.

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He said eventually it will be worth it to be able to get all the way to the island.

“It’s beautiful. It’s one of the nicest bike facilities our public servants have built. They definitely raised the bar. We’re going to expect a lot more good things out of them in the future,” he said.

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The path is expected to touch down on the island and be open permanently next summer.