Joint Replacement Work Complete!
All 31 joints on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge have now been replaced with new concrete joints. All additional work including the application of rubber sealant, patching and form removal is also complete. No further work is anticipated on the joints of the upper deck of the bridge.
Thank you, Bay Area Motorists
Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority thank you for your patience over the past several months. We know this work has been inconvenient and we greatly appreciate your understanding as we performed essential work on this workhorse bridge, which has served the Bay Area for the past 63 years!
Project Need and Future Work
Each of the original joints, which dated back to the mid-1950s, has been replaced by a new concrete joint with a rubberized seal. This new joint will prevent cracking of the surrounding concrete road deck. There are multiple projects in the pipeline for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge that motorists will encounter starting next week. Caltrans and BATA’s next project is the repair of a portion of the southern steel truss. The truss was impacted by a large truck and will be straightened and strengthened over the next five to six weeks. This work will require nightly lane closures in both directions. The truss repair will be followed by the installation of a movable barrier system on the upper deck shoulder to create a bicycle pedestrian path. The path is scheduled to open later this year. Finally, 30 bridge joints on the lower deck of the bridge will be replaced in conjunction with a bridge painting contract scheduled to start next year.
Image 1. Construction crews pouring concrete for a new joint on the upper deck of the RSR Bridge.
Image 2. Crews finishing a new joint with a rubberized seal on the upper deck of the RSR Bridge.
Please stay aware of signage on and approaching the RSR Bridge as additional construction projects begin.
For more information about the RSR Bridge Access Improvement Project,
visit MTC Richmond-san-rafael-bridge-access-improvements
Caltrans Public Information Officer Vince Jacala
MTC Public Information Line: 415-778-6757