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Additional Commuter Lane, Bike Path On Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Could Be In Place By 2017

RICHMOND (KCBS) – Plans to add an additional commuter lane and a bike-pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge are moving forward.

The $74 million improvement project would be fully funded with Bay Area Toll Authority toll funds. "I think it's pretty exciting for those people who ride bikes. But it's also pretty exciting for people stuck in traffic everyday," said Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Right now, the plan includes building a concrete barrier system on the upper deck of the span for a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. On the lower deck, the existing shoulder would be converted to a commuter lane, expected to relieve traffic congestion during peak periods.

"You'll have a moveable barrier that will keep you safe from the cars. You'll be able to ride your bike essentially from the Bay Bridge all the way to Marin County if you so choose," Rentschler said.

Public comments on the plan can be submitted to the MTC through July 20.

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