Richmond-San Rafael Bridge lane gets OK from bay overseer agency

It’s not often a new traffic and bike lane are created in a busy Bay Area corridor, but that’s what will happen on the increasingly busy Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

A key bay protection agency gave its approval Thursday for the addition of an eastbound, third traffic lane on the lower deck and a bike lane on the upper deck of the span. The Bay Conservation and Development Commission reviews all projects that are built in or over the bay and its approval was needed to allow the commute relief plan to move forward.

“It keeps the project on track,” said John Goodwin, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which has guided the project through various regulators.

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