Update: Golden Gate Bridge Board Unanimously Approves $26.5 Million Lane Barrier Project

Moveable concrete and steel barriers are expected to reduce the number of head-on collisions on the Golden Gate Bridge.

A Patch file photo of the Golden Gate Bridge
A Patch file photo of the Golden Gate Bridge
Update Friday, Sept. 20: The Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors on Friday unanimously approved the $26.5 million project to install new lane barriers designed to make the bridge safer.

As a result, the bridge will be closed late next year for the longest stretch in its history so workers can install the barriers.

The steel and concrete moveable barriers will replace those much maligned yellow plastic tubes, providing what engineers hope will be a much safer dividing line between opposing lanes of traffic.

From 2006 to 2010, according to a district press release, there were 306 collisions, with 83 injuries and no fatalities, resulting in an accident rate of 0.85 per million vehicles. The last head-on, crossover fatality was in July 2001.

The Golden Gate District Building Committee is expected to approve the $26.5 million project at its 10 a.m. meeting Thursday. (See agenda here.) The full board would then OK it at its regular meeting Friday.

The project is expected to take a year to complete. The 52-hour closure would take place on a weekend in October or November of 2014.

Brian Woodson September 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM
This is going to bring traffic to a crawl in Novato prior to hwy 37 exit and central Marin before the 580 crossing. Everyone headed to SF from Marin and Sonoma will have to use the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge followed by the Bay Bridge/Willie Brown Memorial Bridge.
Michael September 19, 2013 at 08:14 PM
what a ridiculous waste of money. Where's the initial $26.5 million coming from? 83 injuries in 4 years and no deaths to justify spending $26.5 million dollars? Hundreds of millions have died of starvation and lack of clean drinking water over the this same time period but they want to waste $26.6 million. And why do they need to close the bridge at all for this. It's a removeable barrier isn't it? Put it down, pick it up what is the big deal here. $26.5 million wasted.
Hamid Garza September 20, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Boohoo! Quit complaining. Remember, screw ABAG and the MTC? You said you didn't want to be a part of the bay area, so you should stay in Marin and enjoy your "small town suburban low density feel".
Kari Hulac (Editor) September 20, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Update: the Board approved this unanimously on Friday. http://goldengate.org/news/bridge/mmb_purchase_install.php
Kari Hulac (Editor) September 20, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Project is state-funded, to address a reader's earlier question.
Tom Davidson September 22, 2013 at 06:54 PM
So it's NOT the Golden Gate Bridge District pa ying for the barrier on their bridge ? Hmmm


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