Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

Transportation

Stunning nighttime photos capture beauty of tough bridge work

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Karl Nielsen
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

Berkeley photographer Karl Nielsen ranks among the Bay Area’s most acclaimed chroniclers of major transportation projects — and the workers who deliver them. San Francisco’s soon-to-open Central Subway and the Fourth Bore of the Caldecott Tunnel  are among the 21st century construction sites at which both the intimacy and the grandeur of the construction process have been captured by Karl’s camera. Nielsen’s most recent subject is the ongoing work to replace 1950s-era expansion joints on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. And this time, his artistry includes words as well as images. Read More

Transportation

Friday Video: Ribbon-Cutting for Third Eastbound Lane on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

The opening of a third eastbound lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is a major milestone in a long-awaited project to relieve rush-hour traffic that backs up into San Rafael every night.

As seen in the above video, a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening brought out a host of dignitaries last week, including MTC’s Commissioners Damon Connelly (Marin County Supervisor), Amy Rein Worth (Mayor of Orinda), and Federal Glover (Contra Costa Supervisor). Also in attendance were former MTC Commissioner and Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Assembly Member Marc Levine, Mayor of Richmond Tom Butt, and Caltrans District 4 Chief Deputy Director Dan McElhinney. 

Read more about the project in this blog post or the I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Projects page on the MTC website. The new traffic lane is just the beginning of expected improvements along this very busy corridor. Read More

Transportation

Third Eastbound Lane on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Opens Today

Cross Section of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (Looking West) Showing Proposed Improvements
Peter Beeler
Diagram showing (in orange) the new third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to accommodate peak-period traffic in the eastbound Interstate 580 direction.

Caltrans today will open a long-awaited third eastbound lane on Interstate 580 to accommodate peak period traffic from San Rafael to Richmond. The opening of the lane marks a major milestone in the multi-year, $53 million project to convert the right shoulder to carry afternoon traffic from Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Rafael to a newly-expanded Richmond Parkway/Point Richmond exit in Richmond.  Read More

Transportation

Congestion Relief On the Way for Richmond Bridge Eastbound Traffic

Eastbound traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge will soon have an extra lane open to traffic during peak rush-hour congestion. Overhead signs will direct you to the third lane if it's available. Most of the time the shoulder will be set aside for emergency use, but when traffic toward Richmond is heavily congested, officials will use the shoulder lane to keep cars moving. MTC's Mark Jones gets more details from the project inspector, Josh Burmann, in the above video.

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