A portion of Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco has reopened Sunday evening after being closed for construction during the holiday weekend, Caltrans officials said.
Northbound Highway 280 closed from the U.S. Highway 101 interchange to downtown San Francisco around 9 p.m. last Wednesday and reopened at about 7 p.m. tonight, roughly 10 hours ahead of schedule, according to Caltrans.
"We were able to accelerate the schedule," Caltrans spokesman Stephan Williams said. "Everything has worked fine, no problems, no accidents, no mechanical break downs."
The early reopening has commuters breathing a sigh of relief, a relief to San Francisco drivers trying to move between the 101/280 interchange and downtown San Francisco over the long holiday weekend.
The first cars drove down northbound I-280 before the sun even went down, catching drivers like Jason Ng by surprise.
"Great. I’m glad that it opened early," Ng said.
"It’s a pain going through 101 to get home," he added. "But 280 I’m glad 280 is open."
During the closure, crews worked to replace a bridge hinge on northbound Highway 280 between Cesar Chavez and 24th streets.
The 40-year-old bridge hinge connects two parts of a bridge to expand and contract during earthquakes and other strong movements, according to Caltrans. Another closure to complete work on the bridge hinges is planned for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Williams said they took best practices from the recent hinge replacement on the southbound lanes.
Motorists during this weekend's closure were unable to use highway off-ramps including Mariposa Street, Sixth Street and King Street.
Sixty-thousand commuters use northbound 280 each day.