Commuters who drive the Benicia/Martinez Bridge from Solano to Contra Costa County now have some extra room for their drive: a fourth southbound lane and wider road shoulders.
Those entering the bridge from Interstate 780 also have a second merging lane to avoid traffic backup.
The new features, finished over the weekend, were in place for the the commute today as Caltrans wraps up a $43.5 renovation of the old Benicia Bridge.
The structure was converted to southbound only motor vehicle traffic in August 2007 when the state opened the new $1.2 billion bridge with five lanes for northbound traffic.
Let us know below what it’s like to drive the renovated bridge. Under the old configuration before the bridge renovation was done, that was some tight squeeze traveling from I-780 to enter the southbound lanes across the bridge.
Read our blog this month for more information about the pedestrian and biking path across the renovated bridge. The path is scheduled for an Aug. 29 ribbon cutting. Times reporter Lisa White filed this July 23 story on the plan for that path and some hurdles to extend the trail from its south end at Mococo Road to Marina Vista, the gateway to downtown Martinez.