OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead by using the tools and services offered by 511 during the closure of the Dumbarton Bridge this upcoming Labor Day weekend. As the Bay Area's premier traveler information service, 511 offers real-time and predicted traffic information, transit trip planning tools and real-time transit departures, parking information and bicycling resources.
All lanes in both directions of the Dumbarton Bridge are scheduled to be closed starting Friday, August 31 at 10:00 p.m. until Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00 a.m. to complete another major element of the seismic retrofit project. The Dumbarton Bridge connects the cities of Menlo Park (San Mateo County) and Fremont (Alameda County).
During the Dumbarton Bridge closure, 511 is featuring a special page with updates about the bridge closure status, a detailed map of detours, and information on transit service available during the closure. Travelers can access the page by visiting http://511.org/dumbartonbridge/DumbartonBrClosureSep2012.
While the bridge is closed, commuters are encouraged to use public transit or take alternate driving routes. Motorists should use detour routes, including Route 237 in the South Bay and Highway 92 via the San Mateo Bridge, and allow extra time for travel. For real-time conditions on these routes, call 511 and say "Driving Times." It should be noted that the San Mateo Bridge is not open to bicycles and pedestrians.
The 511 Transit Trip Planner is available at 511.org, or for those using smartphones at m.511.org. For information on how to download the new 511 Transit App for iPhone and Android visit 511's Mobile and Apps page.
Commuters can also find current traffic conditions and driving times using 511's interactive Traffic and Driving Times Map or by calling 511 and saying either "traffic conditions" or "driving times" from the main menu.
511 is a one-stop phone and web source for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, rideshare, bicycling, and parking information. It's free of charge and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the nine-county Bay Area. Call 511 or visit 511.org. 511 is managed by a partnership of public agencies led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the California Highway Patrol, Public Transit Agencies, and the California Department of Transportation.