Richmond / San Rafael Bridge: Bikes Yes

Richmond / San Rafael Bridge: Bikes Yes

Richmond/San Rafael Bridge Facts from BATA



LOCATION: Interstate 580 running east-west between Contra Costa and Marin counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

STRUCTURE: Cantilever and truss

LENGTH: 5.5 miles (including approaches)


CHANNEL SPAN: 1,070 feet

TOWER HEIGHT: 325 feet

OPENED: September 1956

COST: $66 million


COLLECTION: One way, westbound in Richmond

TRAFFIC LANES: Two lanes in each direction

FY 2007-08 TOTAL TOLL-PAID VEHICLES: 11,782,281

FY 2007-08 TOTAL BASE TOLLS COLLECTED: $14,051,055

Richmon-San Rafael Bridge
Somewhat out of the mainstream of Bay Area traffic flows, the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge does not garner the attention of its busier and more prominent cousins to the south, but for nearly 50 years it has quietly and efficiently served the needs of North Bay travelers.

Access to the bridge was significantly improved with the completion in 2001 of the Richmond Parkway, a 7.5-mile, four- to six-lane roadway that provides bridge users with a direct connection to Interstate 80 near Pinole.

"This sturdy and serviceable cantilever and truss span has been rather unkindly likened to a bent coat hanger. For most of the 60,000 commuters who daily use this bridge the crossing is probably a purely utilitarian means to travel between Contra Costa and Marin Counties. But for anyone lucky enough to be heading west on vacation it provides an exciting approach to the splendors of Marin County, the Pacific Coast, and the Redwood Empire in the north.

On completion in 1956, this 5.5-mile bridge was one of the world's longest. Construction was financed by the sale of $62 million in revenue bonds, topped by a loan of $4.68 million from the State School Land Fund. Nevertheless, the bridge was finished $4 million under budget " Bridging the Bay © 1999 UC Berkeley Library

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