Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 10:51 am in Uncategorized.
Slow the bridge traffic. Protect the birds.
Traffic on the Antioch Bridge will be limited to one way at a time at night for two or three nights – starting at 9 p.m. tonight – so Caltrans’ contractors can install bird-exclusion nets over bridge supports. The nets are part of preparations for seismic upgrades on the span later this year. To keep wild birds out of harm’s way during the construction work, contractors will install the nets, forcing any birds looking for nesting sites to to go somewhere else during the upcoming nesting season.
The environmental protection work is required under rules to protect migratory birds.
Meanwhile, expect significant traffic delays when Caltrans alternates between northbound only and southbound only traffic after 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday night as well if a third night is needed. Normal traffic resumes at 5 a.m. the following morning.
Motorists will get a little bonus for their trouble. No bridge tolls will be collected on the Antioch Bridge during the night hours when the traffic is restricted to one way.