Anyone expecting to head north from San Francisco this weekend might want to consider postponing those plans or take a detour through the East Bay.
Doyle Drive, the 76-year-old southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, will be closed starting Friday at 8 p.m. for demolition, shutting down traffic on a large portion of U.S. Highway 101 until 5 a.m. Monday.
While state Highway 1 in the Presidio will be open, officials are warning travelers that traffic conditions will likely be at a standstill on that artery.
“Even on a normal weekend, congestion on Highway 1 can be pretty bad,” said Molly Graham, the project’s spokeswoman. “And it just won’t be able to handle the extra traffic from Doyle Drive.”
Graham said travelers should use public transit, if possible, to travel between the North Bay and San Francisco this weekend.
Golden Gate Ferry will be increasing its service because of the road closure. Ferries will run every hour from Larkspur to The City, which is roughly double the normal level, Graham said. Service will be slightly more frequent from Sausalito, and there will be ferries available for the Giants’ two home games this weekend.
If driving is the only option, motorists from the North Bay should consider going over the Bay Bridge, Graham said.
The 57-hour demolition event planned for this weekend is part of the $1.045 billion renovation of Doyle Drive, which will be replaced by a more seismically stable structure called the Presidio Parkway. The new highway is scheduled to be open by the end of 2015.
Details of the closure
- Construction work will last from 8 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday
- Doyle Drive will be demolished, meaning Highway 101 will be inaccessibly from San Francisco entry points at Lombard Street and Marina Boulevard.
- Highway 1 through the Presidio will be open, although major delays are expected.
- Travelers from the North Bay are advised to use public transit or the Bay Bridge to enter San Francisco.