Traffic Jams Expected Through Holiday Weekend Due to Bridge Closures, Muni Shutdowns

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Fri, 25 May 2012 14:31:07 -0800

REGIONAL (KRON)--Bay Area commuters should brace for traffic jams this Memorial Day holiday weekend thanks to bridge closures and Muni shutdowns.
Bridge district officials are reminding motorists to steer clear of the Golden Gate  Bridge on Sunday night due to a fireworks show marking the landmark  span's 75th anniversary that 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 bridge between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Drivers should expect traffic jams throughout San Francisco as well as in Marin County.
"Any time we close the Golden Gate Bridge down, there's a lot of  traffic that's going to be waiting," says bridge district spokeswoman Mary Currie. "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.
Meanwhile commuters planning to travel between Fremont and Menlo Park over the weekend will need to find an alternate route as Caltrans crews close the Dumbarton Bridge for a seismic retrofit project. The closure goes into effect at 10 p.m. Friday and will end at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Commuters can find alternate routes and receive real-time updates on the closure by calling 511 or visiting
Finally, muni passengers will need to seek out alternate transportation for some routes thanks to a Muni shutdown scheduled to start Friday night at 7 p.m. Officials say the N-Judah rail line will be completely shut down with a partial shutdown planned for the J-Church line. Meanwhile the 22, 37, 43 and N-Owl lines will be re-routed, all as part of an ongoing construction project officials say will improve service.
The Muni shutdown is scheduled to last until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 4.
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