Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

Issue date: July 15, 2005

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2005

The San Francisco Marathon returns to the Golden Gate Bridge (Bridge) roadway for the first time since 1998 on Sunday morning, July 31, 2005. The marathon runners are expect to beginning crossing the Bridge at about 5:30 am, with the last runner coming off the Bridge by approximately 7:45 am.  The public should expect traffic delays near the Bridge until approximately 10:00 am. The following is a summary of the planned traffic and transit impacts. 
All times shown are approximate.

Golden Gate Bridge Roadway Lanes

  • From 9 pm Saturday, July 30, to 1 am Sunday, July 31, the Bridge roadway will have 2 northbound lanes, 2 southbound lanes, and 2 buffer lanes between the north and southbound lanes. 
  • From 1 am to 5 am, the roadway lane configuration on the Bridge and Doyle Drive will be transitioned to accommodate the Marathon runners.
  • From 5 am to 9:30 am, the Marathon course will occupy 2 northbound lanes, with a third “buffer” lane between the runners and traffic.  There will be 2 southbound traffic lanes and 1 northbound traffic lane.
  • By 10:00 am, it is anticipated that the roadway will be returned to 3 northbound lanes and 3 southbound lanes.

Doyle Drive and 19th Avenue (heading north from San Francisco)

  • From 1 am to 10:00 am, Doyle Drive will have 2 northbound lanes, 2 southbound lanes, with 2 lanes closed.
  • From midnight to 10:00 am, the northbound 19th Avenue approach to the Bridge will be reduced to 1 northbound lane.

Road Closures in Presidio/GGNRA - 3:30 am to 8:30 am

  • From 3:30 am to 8:30 am, there will be no access to the Bridge through the Presidio.
  • From 3:30 am to 8:30 am, Lincoln Blvd. and all intersections onto Lincoln Blvd. from the 25th Ave. gate to Lendrum Ct. will be closed. 
  • Baker Beach residents may enter the housing areas via the service road from Battery Caulfield.  Intermittent traffic will be allowed access and egress from Baker Ct. and Brooks Ct. via Lincoln Blvd.
  • From 3:30 am - 8:30 am, Mason St. and all intersections onto Mason St. will be closed from the Marina Gate to Crissy Field Ave.
  • From 3:30 am - 8:30 am, Crissy Field Ave. will be closed.

For information about other San Francisco road closures during the Marathon visit us at and click on traffic.

Golden Gate Bridge Sidewalk Access
The east sidewalk will open to pedestrians at 6 am. The public is advised not to access the sidewalk until after 9:30 am as the parking areas on both sides of the span will be closed until that time.  The west sidewalk will be open to bicyclists at 6 am; however, alternate access routes to the sidewalks will have to be used due to the road closures in the Presidio.

Golden Gate Bridge Exit Closures (Northbound)

  • Last San Francisco exit off Doyle Drive, just before the at the Bridge toll plaza, will be closed from 1 am until 10:00 am.
  • Vista Point exit at the north end to the Bridge will be closed from 1 am until 10:00 am.

Golden Gate Bridge Parking Area Closures

  • Vista Point parking lot (northeast side) will be closed to traffic from 3:30am to10:00 am.
  • Southeast parking lot will be closed to traffic from midnight to 10:00 am.
  • Northeast lot (off Conzelman Rd.) will be closed to traffic from 3:30am to10:00 am.
  • Administrative Parking lot on southwest side of toll plaza will be closed from midnight to 10:00 am.

Bus Transit Service Impacts
The Golden Gate Transit northbound bus stop, located on the east side of the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza, will not be served from midnight to 9:30 am.  San Francisco Muni will not operate through the southeast parking lot at the Bridge or serve its stop on the west side of the toll plaza at Merchant Road from 5 am to 9:30 am.

Overview of Marathon Course
The 2005 San Francisco Marathon’s start/finish line is located at Justin Herman Plaza along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. After passing the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Marina Green, and Crissy Field, runners step onto the Golden Gate Bridge at the 5-1/4 mile point. They proceed north over the approximately 1.7 mile span into Marin County. At the north end, runners immediately turn around and re-cross the Bridge back into San Francisco. Runners then head to the Pacific Ocean coastline at Baker Beach, pass Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury District, and SBC Park before finishing in front of the San Francisco Ferry Building at the city's thriving world trade port.  

More information or call the race information line at (415) 284-9653;, or call 511.