We were pleasantly surprised on Friday night when there were some bad clog points on Doyle Drive but the Golden Gate Bridge traffic was actually less congested than we had expected.
Of course, as one of our editors commented, "It was bad enough to make you angry, just not bad enough to make you suicidal." But journalists are known for their cynical attitudes.
Thus far on Saturday morning of the big Fourth of July weekend the traffic has been making up for lost time: it's been slow from the construction zones on Doyle Drive up through much of Marin. There have been a few open patches on the Waldo Grade and north of Central San Rafael, but there are just too many people going to Tahoe and the Wine Country.
You can always use our webcams page to check traffic on the Bridge and on Doyle Drive.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: The morning rush has cleared, and the only remaining tough spots are the transitions from Lombard and the Marina to Doyle Drive, which knot up and clear periodically. If you're lucky you may even sail through those problem areas.
LATE AFTERNOON UPDATE: The traffic on Doyle Drive is backed up for at least a half mile approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, but once you reach the Bridge itself things open up a little and the Waldo Grade is near the speed limit. It slows again as you approach the Novato Narrows.
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