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Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Travel Alert: Ignore Arrows, Xs on Overhead Signs

New Phase of Testing Begins Tuesday, Feb. 27
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Ignore the green arrows and red Xs on eastbound I-580 during testing.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Contact:
John Goodwin, (415) 778-5262

Motorists traveling eastbound on Interstate 580 between Marin and Contra Costa counties are advised for the next several weeks to disregard the green arrows and red Xs that periodically will be displayed on the overhead message signs on the lower deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) affiliate and Caltrans tomorrow will begin a second phase of sign testing to prepare for the scheduled April 2018 opening of a third eastbound traffic lane between San Rafael and Richmond. During this newest testing phase, the 20 banks of electronic message signs above the lower deck lanes will display the green arrows and red Xs in various configurations. But only the two left lanes will be open to traffic.

BATA and Caltrans are working in partnership with the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to convert the existing shoulder on eastbound I-580 to a peak-period use lane from the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on-ramp in San Rafael to a newly expanded Richmond Parkway/Point Richmond exit in Richmond. The new third lane will be open to traffic during heavily-congested hours, typically each day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A new video and other information about the I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Projects can be found on the MTC Web site at mtc.ca.gov/our-work/plans-projects/major-regional-projects/richmond-san-rafael-bridge-access-improvements.

MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. BATA, which administers revenue from the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges, is funding the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Projects with support from Caltrans to integrate these improvements into the state’s traffic management system.

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HELLO ALL. I WAS WONDERING, WITH THE 3RD LANE ON THE EAST BOUND DIRECTION NEARING IT'S "OPENING", IS THE NEW/RIGHT HAND LANE GOING TO BE WIDER THAN THEY HAVE MARKED. WAY TOO NARROW FOR TRACTOR/TRAILER TRUCKS TO SAFELY TRAVERSE. PLEASE MEASURE TWICE BEFORE OPENING. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK!!!
The new third eastbound lane is the same width as the previous shoulder. It has been measured at 12 feet from the face of the existing curb to the new stripe dividing lane #2 and lane #3 on the bridge. This is consistent with the other lanes on the bridge.
What is the reason for only opening the third lane during peak periods? Will it be use for some other purpose during non-peak periods? Is it to slow traffic for safety? The cost of the lights and the confusion to motorist is evident, but the benefits elude me. Hopefully, the purpose is not to raise revenue by ticketing motorist who willfully or inadvertently drive in the lane during prohibited hours.
Congestion in the eastbound direction from San Rafael to Richmond has significantly increased in recent years, resulting in lengthy delays during peak periods on both Interstate 580 and on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Congestion on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. has in turn contributed to increased congestion on northbound U.S. 101. The third eastbound lane is a pilot project designed to relieve congestion during periods of heavy traffic, while retaining a shoulder area at other times for use by Caltrans maintenance crews or by motorists whose vehicles run out of fuel or encounter other problems. While the third lane typically will be open to traffic each day (including weekends and holidays) from 2 pm to 7 pm, the system design provides sufficient flexibility to open the lane at other times when needed.
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