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Bay Bridge closure dates finalized for Presidents Day weekend

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The Bay Bridge closures planned for Presidents Day weekend have now been made official: Westbound traffic will be shut down from 8 p.m. on Feb. 17 until 5 a.m. on Feb. 21.

The shutdown is necessary for construction crews to demolish a section of the existing eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which is being completely rebuilt. During the construction work, the lower deck of the bridge will be open for eastbound traffic from San Francisco to Oakland, but the upper deck, which carries motorists in the opposite direction, will be closed.

Bay Bridge officials said the Presidents Day closure is necessary to open the completely rebuilt and rehabilitated span to traffic by late 2013.

BART will run overnight service during every day of the closure and ferry service between the East Bay and San Francisco will also be expanded. AC Transit will not be running transbay service during the closure, and Golden Gate Ferry will not feature any additional routes over the long weekend.

Motorists should expect delays on the Bay Area’s six other bridges.

The Presidents Day closure on the Bay Bridge was announced earlier in December, but specific dates and times of the shutdown had not been finalized until Tuesday. Bridge officials have said that inclement weather might affect the length of the weekend closure.


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