Posted by on February 3, 2018
Categories: Bay Area

(by Janis Mara) – Testing on new overhead message signs on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge will begin next week, Metropolitan Transportation Commission officials said.

The testing will begin Monday and continue for several weeks. The message signs are part of a project in which the shoulder of the eastbound level of the bridge will be converted to a peak-period third lane. The new lane is scheduled to open by the end of April.

When fully operative, the message signs will indicate when the third lane is open and when it’s closed.

To minimize distraction during the testing, the signs will display dots instead of green arrows, a red X or other messages, transportation officials said.

The project will convert the shoulder of eastbound Interstate Highway 580 going across the bridge to a peak-period use lane. The lane will stretch from the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard onramp in San Rafael to a newly
expanded Richmond Parkway/Point Richmond exit in Richmond.

The new third lane will be open to traffic during heavily congested hours, typically from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, according to the MTC.