Motorists Reminded to Avoid Golden Gate Bridge During Sunday's Spectacular Fireworks Show

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 24 May 2012 15:48:05 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)--Drivers are being reminded to steer clear of the Golden Gate  Bridge on Sunday night, when an all-out fireworks show marking the landmark  span's 75th anniversary will cause a one-hour traffic shutdown.
     
The fireworks show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and no cars  will be allowed across the span between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., bridge district  spokeswoman Mary Currie said today.
     
That closure is expected to snarl traffic throughout San Francisco  as well as in Marin County, Currie said.
     
"Any time we close the Golden Gate Bridge down, there's a lot of  traffic that's going to be waiting," she said. "It's going to take an hour or  two to get moving again" once the bridge reopens.
     
Bridge district officials are urging motorists to avoid driving in  San Francisco at all on Sunday, and to walk, bike or take public transit  instead.
     
Some of the fireworks will be shot off of the bridge itself, and  others will come from a barge in the Bay, said Kary Witt, deputy general  manager of the district's bridge division.
     
"It's going to be spectacular. It's going to be something worth  seeing," Witt said. "A tremendous amount of work has gone into creating  what's a really great show. I don't want to give away the details, but we're  calling it 'the big wow' at the end of the evening."
     
The fireworks show will cap off a day of celebrations along San  Francisco's northern waterfront.
     
The Golden Gate Festival will include various exhibits throughout  the Marina, Presidio, at Fort Point, Crissy Field, Marina Green and other  locations, according to event organizers.
     
The bridge's sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians and  bicyclists from 6 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Sunday. However, between 10:15 p.m. and  1 a.m., the western sidewalk will reopen to bicyclists, and pedestrians will  be able to use the eastern sidewalk.
 
The Presidio will be closed to motorists from 9 a.m. to midnight,  Currie said. The Vista Point parking lot on the north end of the bridge will  be closed to cars starting at 5 p.m. Motorists already in the parking lot  won't be able to exit during the fireworks show. 
     
For more information about the festival and road closures related  to the celebration, visit www.goldengatebridge.75.org.
 
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