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Bay Bridge construction to close lanes, impact your commute

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) - Expect some traffic on the Bay Bridge on Monday night.

Construction has begun on both the east and westbound sides of the bridge, and it's expected to impact your commute.

There will be lane closures that will affect commuters heading in both directions.

Drivers will definitely need to plan accordingly. There will be lane closures on Monday and Tuesday night--and then Monday through Friday next week.

Required maintenance work means drivers will have to put up with a bit of traffic during the overnight hours.

There will be one lane open at all times, however. Caltrans will be conducting joint seal replacement work over the course of the next week-and-a-half. Both east and westbound lanes will be affected.

“There's only one lane starting at 9," Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said. "And then, an hour later, another. Then another hour the third. It's gradual. We don't close them all at once”

Commuters will get a break this week, with only Monday and Tuesday nights hindered. Next week, expect to slow down even earlier on Monday and Tuesday night. Lane closures will start at 8 p.m.

Wednesday through Friday, lane closures will be back to 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. just before rush hour morning commute. 

“What people don't realize is that the bridge moves," Haus said. "There are joints between all the various segments. So, it's almost like your knees and the joint seals are like the cartilage in your knees. And like everything else, they get worn out and you have to replace them.”

Haus says this is the most opportune time to conclude scheduled maintenance.

“We make sure that we don't have any large events in the city," Haus said. "If there is, we'll make sure to adjust the time so they start later.”

There is a Warriors game at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night.

So, if you plan on attending, and have to head back to San Francisco or further south, keep in mind there may be delays.

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