Updated October 30, 2014
Posted July 29, 2014

Moveable Median Barrier Construction Work Underway - Toll Plaza Refurbishment and Nighttime Lane Closures

The Golden Gate Bridge will be closing lanes of traffic north of the Bridge the weekend of November 7 through 9 as it prepares for the installation of a moveable median barrier in January 2015.

The planned lane clsoures north of the Bridge for the weekend of November 7 through 9 include:

  • Southbound Highway 101

    • 7:00pm on Friday, November 7 until 1:00pm on Saturday, November 8 - The two (2) inside southbound lanes will be CLOSED. Two (2) southbound lanes will remain open.
    • 1:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, November 8 - One (1) inside southbound lane will be CLOSED. Three (3) southbound lanes will remain open.
    • 8:00pm on Saturday, November 8 to 8:00am on Sunday, November 9 - The two (2) inside southbound lanes will be CLOSED. Two (2) southbound lanes will remain open.
    • After 8:00am on Sunday, November 9 - All southbound lanes should be open.
  • Northbound Highway 101

    • 8:00pm on Friday, November 7 to 8:00am on Saturday, November 8 - The two (2) inside northbound lanes will be CLOSED. Two (2) northbound lanes will remain open.
    • 8:00am on Saturday, November 8 to 8:00am on Sunday, November 9 - One (1) inside northbound lane will be CLOSED. Three (3) northbound lanes will remain open.
    • After 8:00am on Sunday, November 9 - All northbound lanes should be open.

These lane closures are required to allow the Contractor to construct modifications to the drainage and pavement within the inside traffic lanes and median of Highway 101 north of the Bridge to accommodate the moveable median barrier.

There may be traffic delays due to these lane closures. Drivers should plan accordingly.

This work and accompanying lane closures are weather dependent. If significant rain occurs, the work and lane closures will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.

Modifications to the Toll Plaza continue for the reconstruction of toll booth number 8 and the retrofit of toll booth number 7. This work will be performed within the temporary railing installed a few weeks ago at the Toll Plaza.

The famous 8-foot Art Deco Toll Plaza clock was removed on August 5 and is now undergoing some needed refurbishment. The clock will be reinstalled in early 2015.

Project Background

On Friday, May 23, 2014, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) Board of Directors (Board) approved the award of a contract for the installation of a moveable median barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge (read staff report). The one-foot wide, 32-inch high concrete and steel barrier will provide a safer division of traffic and help eliminate head-on collisions. It will also allow the District to change lane configurations to meet traffic demands by using transfer machines to shift the location of the barrier. Presently, the District manages traffic lane configurations manually by installing 19-inch plastic traffic pylons every 25 feet.

Installation of the barrier will require up to a 52-hour closure of the Bridge roadway, planned for January 10-11, 2015. Bridge sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists, and Golden Gate Transit buses will be allowed passage on the Bridge roadway that weekend. The January 10 and 11 dates were selected for the closure because traffic counts have historically been low that weekend.

Project work includes the demolition of four toll booths, the construction of one new toll booth and related Toll Plaza improvements, and the installation of a patented Steel Reactive Tension System Quickchange Moveable Barrier and two transfer machines on the south and north approaches to the Bridge.

Visit the Moveable Median Barrier project page for more information.


Artist's rendition of the moveable median barrier
on the Golden Gate Bridge.