Hey San Franciscans and Marinites, if you’re headed to or from the city this weekend,
you should really try to take Doyle Drive.
Wait. Check that… FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT TAKE DOYLE DRIVE.
That’s because, as you may have heard once or twice by now, Doyle Drive is going to be torn down, starting at 8 p.m. tonight. When a temporary bypass opens on 5 a.m., Monday, it’s not going to be your parents’ (or grandparents, that thing’s been around since 1936) Doyle Drive. But it will be seismically safe, unlike the current roadway.
“It’ll be a whole new experience,” Caltrans spokesperson Molly Graham told KQED’s Paul Lancour. “Doyle Drive will be completely gone. People will be on a brand new bridge, and you’ll be going through a brand new tunnel, and then you’ll be on a [ground-level] roadway that will take you to the Palace of Fine arts, where there’ll be a new Y intersection.”
The overall project is called Presidio Parkway, Graham said, but there’s no effort to change the actual name of the roadway that you may or may not be sentimental about, depending on how many times you’ve sat in traffic.
In the meantime, your best bet this weekend is to not use the Golden Gate Bridge. Caltrans is recommending people take the San Rafael and Bay bridges to get to and from the city.
“We’re expecting major delays on the Golden Gate Bridge,” Graham said. “Highway One will be open, but it just really can’t really handle the volume and the traffic that Doyle Drive does. So we’re asking people to avoid the area. Take ferries, or its a great weekend to ride a bike.”
Graham also said that there’s “an enormous amount of demolition that will happen associated with the project. An enormous amount of equipment has been brought in to take down Doyle Drive drive by sheer brute force. It will be extraordinarily loud and quite dramatic.”
The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2015. You can watch a video overview here.