Saint Francis Electric employees work inside of a tunnel on wires to help keep out moisture and pests inside the ducts on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Doyle Drive closure slated for Thursday through Monday

Doyle Drive, San Francisco’s historic approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, will be closed to traffic as crews work on the new Presidio Parkway from Thursday until next Monday, according to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

The road will be closed in both directions starting at 10 p.m. Thursday. It is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. Crews will finalize roadway connections and transfer traffic to the new permanent Presidio Parkway. The parkway features the Main Post tunnels and Battery tunnels, which are covered with landscaping to preserve the natural beauty of the Presidio.

The parkway also has new bridges and new ramps that enable easier access to the Presidio and Marina, and between state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101.

While the Golden Gate Bridge will remain open throughout the extended closure, motorists will not be able to access it from Highway 101 in San Francisco. Motorists are urged to take the Bay Bridge instead.

The southeast parking lot at the bridge visitor’s plaza will also be closed between Thursday and Monday and tour buses will not be allowed to pick up or drop off passengers in that lot.

Traffic will still be able to travel on Highway 1 onto 19th Avenue and from Merchant Road to Lincoln Boulevard, but motorists should expect major delays, with the Friday commute hours expected to be particularly backed up.
The public is urged to take public transportation, including ferries, instead of driving personal vehicles across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Originally constructed in 1936, Doyle Drive was deemed structurally and seismically unsafe, prompting construction of the Presidio Parkway to begin in 2009.

In 2012, traffic was shifted onto a seismically safe temporary bypass, but after this weekend’s closure, the temporary bypass will no longer be used. The project is expected to be fully completed in 2016.

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