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Coping without Bay Bridge for four days

By dcuff
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 10:52 am in BART, Bay Bridge, Bridges, driving.

How will you change your travel plans when the Bay Bridge is closed for four days, starting 8 p.m. Thursday? We at the Capricious Commuter invite you to drop us a line.

Tell us about your advance plans and then tell us how it actually turns out over the long weekend. With our common dependence on bridges in the Bay Area, it’s a big deal – practically and psychologically - when our busiest bridge has a 300-foot-long  gap sliced open and a giant filling rolled in to replace it and create a new bridge detour.   

Many of us may hunker down and stay local without crossing a bridge or without crossing from the west to east sides of the Bay. Then again, you may need to get across the Bay for work Friday, or for events like the UC Berkeley home football opener Saturday or the Scottish Games in Pleasanton Saturday and Sunday – both events that draw tens of thousands of people from far and wide. (Remember BART as an option.)

As for me, I will doing some work shifts from Caltrans temporary media village on Yerba Buena Island where reporters and photographers can the work above. Looks like the Road Queen and I both will need to catch a ride to the island from a special water taxi service set up for contractors, government officials, and media to get from Oakland to the island. Caltans has advised us: Bring a blanket because it’s likely to get cold out there at night.

Let us know how it goes.  

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