SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Golden Gate Bridge reopened Sunday evening after the longest closure of the span ever to allow installation of a movable median barrier.
The bridge opened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, about six hours ahead of schedule after closing Friday at midnight for the construction project.
1,500 pound concrete and steel movable dividers were installed to separate the north and southbound lanes of traffic.
With the barrier is installed, speed limits have been reduced to 45 miles per hour on the Waldo Grade, from the previous 55 miles per hour.
Lane sizes will also be reduced by six more inches. For a large vehicle like the 7’1″ Hummer H1, that leaves less than 14 inches on either side.
WIDEST LANE: Curb lanes will continue to be 11 feet after Monday.
NEXT WIDEST: Other lanes are 10 feet, except for the two next to the new foot-wide concrete median.
NARROWEST: Lanes adjacent to the concrete barrier will now be only 9 feet, 6 inches wide.
The estimated cost of the project is $30.3 million, with $20 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission via the state of California, $1.3 million in federal funds and $5.1 million from Golden Gate Bridge toll revenues.
Two “zipper” trucks have arrived and are set to do some heavy lifting for this weekend’s 52-hour Golden Gate Bridge shutdown for the installation of moveable median barriers.
Emergency Crews Responding To Collisions, Stalls On Golden Gate Bridge Make Changes After New Barrier Installed
After the new movable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is installed this weekend, U-turns will no longer be possible so serious accidents will have to be handled differently than before.
Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District officials are stepping up their efforts to spread the word about a big change coming up for driverswho use the iconic span and its impending closure next weekend.
The Golden Gate Bridge will shut down for an entire weekend in just over three weeks. The “massive” closure, as described by bridge officials, is taking place to so the long-awaited, $30 million movable median barrier.
The Bay Area is hunkering down for a major storm expected to hit on Thursday. Officials are warning of high winds and rain that could cause hazardous driving conditions, but Golden Gate ferry service will still be running during the commute.