Bridge closure causes bottlenecks throughout Bay Area

The second morning commute following the emergency closure of the Bay Bridge is causing bottlenecks around every alternative path to The City.

At the height of the commute at 8:30 a.m., traffic was delayed an additional 33 minutes on Route 37 from Vallejo to Novato; an additional 8 minutes on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge; and an additional 33 minutes on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

On the southbound Golden Gate Bridge, traffic was flowing well and all toll booths were open. But once they reached The City, drivers were faced with heavy congestion and slow-downs of 17 miles per hour.

By 10:30 a.m., heavy congestion remained only along Highway 101 through San Francisco, southbound 101 approaching the Golden Gate Bridge and westbound Highway 580 in Berkeley.

CHP Officer John Short said there had been very few accidents on Bay Area freeways, probably because vehicles were moving at such slow speeds.

BART passengers arrived at stations early and in droves, transit district officials said. BART’s  South Hayward station opened on time Thursday morning following a power outage that left it shuttered for nearly seven hours Wednesday night.

Golden Gate Ferry had a high-capacity vessel ready to deploy depending on passenger demand, and the Oakland-Alameda Ferry had more boats running to carry commuters.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com
 

 

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