New Driving Experience
When the bridge reopens to traffic on Tuesday, Sept. 3, motorists will encounter a new driving experience, as traffic moves from the upper and lower decks of the original bridge to the parallel, side-by-side decks of the new East Span. The new side-by-side configuration will open up panoramic views of the San Francisco bay and the East Bay hills. From driving beneath a canopy of white suspender ropes to the wider road-decks with shoulders on either side, a drive across the new East Span is nothing like it used to be. Motorists are urged to drive safely and keep their eyes on the road, and let their passengers enjoy the much more picturesque ride.
California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement offer advice for the Bay Bridge closure and opening. Key takeaways—stay safe, be patient, and give yourself additional time to get to your destination.
Bike / Pedestrian Path
For the first time pedestrians and cyclists will have the chance to travel across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s East Span, on a 15.5- foot-wide bike/pedestrian path that will extend the 2.2 miles to Yerba Buena Island.
Before the pathway can fully connect to Yerba Buena Island, crews will need to demolish a portion of the existing bridge that sits in the way of the new bike and pedestrian path. Contractors must dismantle portions of the original bridge, including the S-Curve detour that was put into place in 2009, in order to install the rest of the path and connect it to Yerba Buena Island, as well as replace the temporary path at Oakland Touchdown. The bike path is expected to be complete by summer 2015. Information about pathway access will be available prior to bridge opening.Bike/Pedestrian Fact Sheet Bike / Pedestrian web page
Opening CeremonyA small scale event was held to commemorate the opening of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. After an opening program at the Bridge Yard, a traditional chain-cutting ceremony was held at the Toll Plaza, followed by the inaugural procession of vehicles across the new bridge. View the images here.
Bay Bridge Public Information Office
311 Burma Road
Oakland, CA 94607
Bay Bridge Public Information Office (Treasure Island)
410 Avenue of the Palms
Building 1, Room 169
San Francisco, CA 94130
Today's Bay Bridge ramp and lane closure times are APPROXIMATE. Please continue to check this site for the most up-to-date information. This page is updated daily by 4 p.m.
Lane and ramp closure schedule for Thursday (12/20/12) night to Friday (12/21/12) morning:
Thursday (12/20/12) night to Friday (12/21/12) morning:
No closures are scheduled.
8 p.m. to 5 a.m., two lanes will be closed.
4th St. Onramp (Full ramp closure):
8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., full ramp will be closed.
Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr. Governor
Brian Kelly Acting Secretary of Business,
Transportation and Housing Agency
Dario Frommer Chair, California
Amy Rein Worth Chair, Bay Area Toll Authority
TOLL BRIDGE PROGRAM OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Steve Heminger TBPOC Chair, Executive Director,
Bay Area Toll Authority
Andre Boutros Executive Director, California Transportation Commission
Malcolm Dougherty Director, Caltrans