Richmond-San Rafael Bridge commute relief due in October 2017

Beleaguered commuters could see a third lane open on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in October 2017.

A final design to open a third eastbound lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge has been approved by Caltrans, clearing the way for a project to start once a builder is found.

“Work could start as soon as October,” said John Goodwin, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the agency that has led the project. It would take one year of work to open the lane.

In addition to a third vehicle travel lane on its lower deck, a bike lane will go on top. The two projects have a $74 million price tag.

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