Park Street Bridge

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Island drivers, prepare: Overnight closures of the Park Street Bridge began this week. The closures are scheduled to take place from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday until August 14.

Island drivers, prepare: Overnight closures of the Park Street Bridge begin today.

The closures are scheduled to take place from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday until August 14. The bridge will be totally closed to car and bicycle traffic during those times, with a detour routing drivers over the Fruitvale Bridge in effect. Cyclists will be routed down East 7th Street.

The closures will also affect vessel traffic under the bridge; large vessels that need both of the bridge’s leaves open to pass through during construction hours will be required to provide at least two hours’ advance notice.

The Bay Bridge’s temporary closure earlier this month was a minor inconvenience for most. But it was an exasperating headache for Treasure Island residents, who relied on sparse shuttle buses and ferries to transport them on and off of the island that weekend. The closure and its impacts raised a critical question for Island residents: Could all of Alameda’s bridges and the Posey and Webster tubes become impassable in an emergency, stranding Island residents?