Golden Gate Bridge Changes

Work begins today on west sidewalk.

The entire length of a Golden Gate Bridge's west sidewalk will close for several months starting Tuesday for a retrofitting construction project, bridge district officials said.

The entire west sidewalk will remain closed through September as part of a seismic retrofit construction project. Bicycles and pedestrians will share the east sidewalk, with 24-hour access for bicyclists and sunrise-to-sunset use permitted for pedestrians.

The construction work also involves replacement of the roof of the Marin Anchorage Housing.

Come September, construction will move to the east sidewalk, but only a 300-foot section will be closed for four months into 2012.

The sidewalk closure is part of a third phase of a three-phase bridge retrofit project. The first two phases were completed in 2001 and 2008, respectively, according to bridge authorities.

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