Daytime view of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco seen from Yerba Buena Island
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Transportation officials say commuters should prepare for crowded roadways and packed buses, trains and ferries while the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is closed to traffic in preparation for the opening of the new $6.4 billion span.
California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Hill says the CHP will begin blocking traffic on and off of the bridge at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, rerouting motorists to other freeways.
Officials urged people to plan ahead - BART trains will run 24 hours starting Wednesday night through the holiday weekend. Bus and ferry service will also be bolstered.
Andrew Gordon, a bridge spokesman, says the new crossing is expected to open late Monday or early Tuesday morning, but the exact timing is still being worked out.
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