With Caltrans approval, no more obstacles for median barrier on Golden Gate Bridge

Courtesy PhotoResolved: Clashes between Caltrans and the bridge district delayed the median project.

There are no more barriers to the Golden Gate Bridge transit district’s moveable median project.

Beset by planning and study disputes between state and local agencies, the $26 million project has been consistently delayed since receiving its first funding injection in 2007. Originally scheduled to be finished in 2010, the median — which will shift lanes during the course of the day to accommodate changing traffic flows — now has a completion date of 2014.

Unlike previous completion targets, that date should stick now that Caltrans has approved environmental clearance for the project.

The state agency had raised concerns about impacts the median barrier would have on portions of the freeway that feeds into the bridge from the north, U.S. Highway 101. Without Caltrans’ approval, the project sat in limbo.

On Dec. 3, after a year of talks with the bridge district, Caltrans approved the plan, asserting that it complied with the National Environmental Policy Act. As a result, engineers with the bridge district now have the ability to enter into the crucial final design phase of the project.

Once that is completed, installation of the barrier can begin.</p>

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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