Marin Independent Journal
By Mark Prado
The first steps toward investigating a third traffic westbound lane option on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge were approved Wednesday by a regional committee.
The Bay Area Toll Authority’s Oversight Committee OK’d spending $100,000 to study whether adding the lane is feasible and what it would take to accomplish the work.
“We have workers going to service jobs in (Marin) and they are stuck in a tremendous amount of congestion that continues to grow,” said Amy Worth, chairwoman of the committee, who represents the cities of Contra Costa County on the panel.
A third traffic lane on the bridge on the bottom, eastbound deck, is set to open next month at a cost of $27 million. It’s designed to ease evening commute traffic. A third lane on the north side of the upper deck coming into Marin has been envisioned for bicyclists and pedestrians, separated from car traffic by a movable median barrier. That work has just started.