Traffic on Highway 101 north of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Bridgeway (Sausalito) offramp tonight is being affected in both directions by a fatal accident that took place shortly after 8:45 PM tonight.
Southbound traffic is getting through in a single lane. Northbound traffic was routed along Bridgeway for a while, but has now been reopened as of about 10:30 PM.
The driver of a Lexus SUV apparently lost control of her vehicle and rolled over. She was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the northbound lanes.
If you have a friend or family member who still drives without a seat belt, hopefully this will give you ammunition to convince them to take more care and at least we can save someone else's life via this tragedy.
UPDATE: As of 11:20 PM traffic is slow in both directions due to lane closures but still getting through.
24 hours ago we reported to you that Caltrans had alerted us that next Monday and Tuesday nights, August 9-10, there would be overnight closures of the southbound ramp from Doyle Drive to Highway 1 (Park Presidio Blvd.) adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza.
16 hours ago I drove into San Francisco and saw lots of signs saying the lanes would be closed on August 14-15.
We just got an email from Caltrans (and thanks to their press people for trying to do the right thing) saying that the closure was postponed but that there was no new official date for the next closure and they'd let us know when there is one.
The one reassuring thing we can report from this is that once a firm decision is made the Caltrans press liaison updates us really efficiently.
At least it's easier than keeping track of whether Alejandro has returned home to beg for Karen's forgiveness, or if Will is really the illegitimate son of Patrice, Crown Prince of Liechtenstein.
The CalTrans map below shows the location of the closures.
The next construction-based closure of the ramp from southbound Doyle Drive to southbound Highway 1 (Park Presidio Blvd.) will NOT be on a weekend, as we have all come to expect. Instead it will be next Monday and Tuesday nights, August 9 and 10, from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
The CalTrans map below shows the location of the closures.
The alternate route to the Richmond and Sunset Districts and Highway 1 is to stay on Doyle Drive and follow it onto Lombard St., then turn right (south) on Van Ness Blvd.
To continue south on 101 stay on Van Ness and follow the signs.
To return to Highway 1 and Park Presidio Blvd. take Van Ness to Geary and turn right (west). Geary will take you about 2 miles back to where you can re-join Park Presidio (between 12th and 14th avenues.)
If you're going to San Francisco this Saturday night or meeting a late flight at SFO, we suggest you get back across the Golden Gate Bridge before midnight if possible.
Doyle Drive will be cut down to one lane in each direction for the Presidio Parkway construction work adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza from 10:00 PM Saturday night to 8:00 AM Sunday morning. This effectively makes Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge a 2-lane highway for eight hours. The back-ups could get very long, especially northbound from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.
The CalTrans map below shows that the side streets from the toll plaza parking lots will remain open, but they also have very limited capacity for relieving traffic.
The ramp from Doyle Dr. to southbound Park Presidio Dr. through the MacArthur tunnel is open, but you'll have to get through the narrows of Doyle Drive to reach it after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
CalTrans is responsible for Doyle Drive, while the Bridge District sets the lane dividers on the Golden Gate Bridge.
The only alternate route is to use the Bay Bridge and Richmond - San Rafael Bridge to avoid the Golden Gate Bridge and Doyle Drive completely.
If you're going to SFO to pick someone up late this Friday, July 9 or Saturday, July 10, if it's after midnight you'll need to come back to Marin via Van Ness Ave. and Lombard St. or Bay St. in San Francisco. The ramp connecting 19th Ave. and Park Presidio to Doyle Drive and the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed (starting at Lake St., the last cross street before the tunnel) from midnight to 5:00 AM for construction.
Alternate routes to the Golden Gate Bridge from the City, SFO and the Peninsula:
1. Take 101 north instead of 280 and 19th Ave, and follow the signs for the Golden Gate Bridge. They'll route you up Van Ness Ave. to Lombard St. to Doyle Drive, which avoids the closure.
2. Take 280 north to where it ends and follow the Embarcadero up to Bay St. (just before Fisherman's Wharf). Turn left on Bay and follow it all the way through the Marina and to the Golden Gate Bridge.
3. If you're in western San Francisco, take 19th Ave. north to Geary Blvd. Turn right on Geary, take it for about 2 miles over the hill and turn left on either Franklin or Van Ness. Either one will take you to Lombard St. and the Golden Gate Bridge.
If you don't mind steep hills, take Geary east about one mile and turn left at Divisadero. It will take you over a steep ridge and down to Lombard St., where you can turn left to reach the Bridge.
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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Impact: Most Golden Gate Bridge parking lots (and the freeway exits that lead to them) will be closed from midnight to 10:00 AM on July 25. The Conzelman Road lot on the north end of the Bridge will be closed from 3:00 AM to 10:00 AM, and the adjacent Sausalito offramp from southbound 101 will remain open throughout. Bus routes that normally go through the parking lots will not do so during these hours.
Since the parking lots will be closed, the organizers are asking the public not to access the Bridge sidewalks on July 25 until 10:00 AM to avoid interfering with the race.
Access from the Presidio to the Bridge will also be cut off during this period to accommodate the Marathon. Crissy Field Ave. (until 10:00 AM) and Mason St. (until 8:00 AM) will be closed.
From 1:00 to 6:00 AM crews will reconfigure the traffic lanes on the Bridge to prepare for the Marathon.
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM -- Most of the runners will cross the Golden Gate Bridge during this three hour period. The race will occupy three lanes of the Bridge (two race lanes and a safety buffer), and two lanes will be open southbound and one open northbound.
Doyle Drive and Park Presidio Blvd. near the Bridge will each have one lane of traffic in each direction.
If you commute to Marin early Sunday mornings allow extra time July 25 due to the single lane open for traffic and the inevitable gawker's block.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM -- Bridge crews will return the Bridge lanes to normal configuration.
10:00 AM -- Bridge sidewalks and parking lots re-open and we start a normal Sunday on the Golden Gate.
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Traffic Alert for 10:30 AM Friday, June 18: A crash in the northbound direction on the Golden Gate Bridge has either closed all northbound traffic lanes or reduced traffic to only a few cars getting past the wreckage.