Traveling will be laborious on Labor Day
By James Lanaras
August 30, 2007
Commuting in the San Rafael area on Labor Day weekend is expected
to be laborious.
Police say the Labor Day weekend closure of the Bay Bridge will
have an enormous impact on traffic in San Rafael and they are
advising residents to plan accordingly.
Police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said the closure between
8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Tuesday will bring thousands of drivers
over the Golden Gate and Richmond-San Rafael bridges and San Rafael
is the hub of alternate routes between San Francisco and the East
The Sausalito Art Festival and several sporting events around
the Bay Area will occur during anticipated peak traffic times
between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Rohrbacher
Motorists coming from the East Bay will be using the Richmond-San
Rafael Bridge and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to reach U.S. Highway
101 south, Rohrbacher said. Drivers may want to take Anderson
Drive as an alternate route if traffic is heavy from Interstate
Highway 580 to U.S. Highway 101, she said.
Traffic from San Francisco heading to the East Bay on U.S. Highway
101 north will likely get congested at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
and may spread into downtown San Rafael and north to North San
Pedro Road as drivers turn around to return to Interstate Highway
580, Rohrbacher said.
Police are advising drivers from Sonoma County to use state Highway
37 to get to the East Bay, Rohrbacher said.
Police will continually monitor the flow of traffic and there
will be additional staff during the holiday weekend, Rohrbacher
said. Signs and barricades will be staged at various locations
for quick set up.
If congestion builds on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and San Rafael
streets are used to access U.S. Highway 101, signs will be posted
and officers may manually control key intersections, Rohrbacher
Road closures, increased manual traffic control and detours may
be necessary if congestion becomes extremely heavy, Rohrbacher
said. The San Rafael Fire Department will relocate equipment and
personnel based on need and the traffic impact on individual fire
San Rafael residents are advised to avoid making trips and stay
off the roads as much as possible. Plan to leave early, expect
delays and prepare for a late return home if you must travel,
Public transit is available. The Golden Gate Bridge District
is increasing ferry and bus service between San Francisco and
Marin County and a ferry between Larkspur and Sausalito will be
available on a limited basis.
Residents may check www.goldengate.org for schedules and more
information. Dialing 511 or logging on to cad.chp.ca.gov or www.511.org
will provide up-to-the-minute traffic conditions throughout the
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