Posted May 4, 2011

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary South Plaza Improvements Planned
GGNRA Comment Period Closes May 16, 2011

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) is partnering with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service to improve the visitor experience and visitor facilities on the southeast side of the Golden Gate Bridge, in preparation for the Bridge's 75th anniversary in May 2012.

In anticipation of the May 2012 anniversary of the Bridge, the goals of this project are to improve the visitor experience on the east side of the Bridge by augmenting visitor services, improving orientation/wayfinding; improving traffic flow, visitor access and site circulation; improving site accessibility; addressing parking and visitor safety issues; and enhancing historic, natural, and recreational resources in the area. The proposed improvements are consistent with the 1994 NPS General Management Plan Amendment for the Presidio, the approved Presidio Trails and Bikeways Plan and the Presidio Vegetation Management Plan.

Construction will begin in June 2011 and be substantially complete by April 2012. Work will be closely coordinated with nearby concurrent projects such as trail improvements, including those to the Battery East Bay Trail, Battery East parking lot/trailhead, and the Golden Gate Overlook, as well as GGBHTD interpretive exhibits, lead remediation at Battery East, and intersection improvements at Lincoln Blvd / Highway 101 ramps.

Pedestrians, visitors with disabilities, cyclists, and private vehicles will continue to be able to access the Bridge plaza and Bridge sidewalks through construction. Wherever possible, work in public roads and paths will be completed in off-peak visitor months. When detours are required, they will be appropriately signed, flagged and protected. Project Information Coordinators will be available on site to answer questions from the public at key points in the work.

To learn more and to comment by May 16, 2011, go here: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/GGBridge75th