Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge to Close for 2 Days in 2015

The agency that runs that Golden Gate Bridge says it plans to shut down the famous span for 52 hours in early January so contractors can install a moveable median barrier that is designed to prevent head-on crashes.

Bridge spokeswoman Priya Clemens tells the Marin Independent Journal that the closure scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 10-11 will be the longest in the Golden Gate's history.

Currently, small plastic tubes are all that separate cars and trucks traveling in opposite directions on the bridge. The new median will consist of steel-clad concrete blocks that a zipper machine will reconfigure to accommodate traffic.

Transit buses, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to cross the bridge while the barrier is being built.

The Independent Journal says 16 of the bridge's 36 traffic fatalities have come in head-on collisions.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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