Today, Caltrans announced a detour for motorists driving into Oakland across the Bay Bridge beginning Memorial Day weekend.
Motorists driving on the lower deck of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will experience a slightly different approach into Oakland after this Memorial Day weekend. While speed limits will remain the same, eastbound drivers should be prepared for the small detour as they emerge from under the upper deck.
Construction for this detour will not require a full bridge closure. While the bridge will remain open for the holiday weekend, select eastbound lanes will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Eastbound traffic will still have access during these limited lane closures and westbound traffic will not be impacted.
Bay Bridge Explorer
Also announced today was the release of Bay Bridge Explorer, a mobile driving simulator for iPhone, iPad and iPod that allows users to drive on the Bay Bridge.
For more information about the detours, visit baybridgeinfo.org or read the Contra Costa Times article. To download the Bay Bridge Explorer app, search for “Bay Bridge Explorer” in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
We tried the app on an iPhone, and here are our notes.
The app takes approximately 30 seconds to load, followed by a minute of instructions.
When you arrive at the following screen, click the blue Bay Bridge icon to start driving.
Warning: we tried it out and it’s slightly buggy, but mostly works. The Bay Bridge Explorer app is currently available for iPhone, iPad and iPod, and an Android app is in the works.