Construction planned for Bay Bridge and BART

May 27, 2011 3:12:30 PM PDT
Weekend construction could slow down travelers on the Bay Bridge and BART. Caltrans will close some lanes on the Bay Bridge to do some work this weekend. Meantime, if you're hoping to cross the bay on BART - there could be delays there too.

A BART track is being shut down in the Transbay Tube to repair a cable that was damaged in a fire back in December. BART riders will need to transfer at the 12th Street station in Oakland. It will be especially important for people who are on the Dublin and Fremont lines to make the transfer.

"They need to make that transfer expeditiously because in some cases they have 3 to 5 minutes to catch their train to or from San Francisco. If they miss that train, we are on a 20 minute headway on Sunday and that means they have an extra 20 minutes to wait," said BART Operations, Asst. Gen. Mgr. Paul Oversier.

BART officials estimate this will affect about 10,000 to 15,000 people each day. The work will also take place next weekend during the overnight hours.

"This is really necessary; it is actually an emergency repair contract. We have to fix some cabling that feeds the third rail. God forbid we should have a failure in that cabling. It would mean basically no service in the Transbay Tube when we are trying to carry hundreds of thousands of riders through the tube during the week," said Oversier.

Also this weekend, Caltrans will be shutting down some of the eastbound lanes on the Bay Bridge from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Caltrans needs to reconfigure some lanes of the new eastern span's Oakland Touchdown; that is just west of the toll plaza.

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