A public was held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 9-11am to discuss this project as well as improvements to the Battery East Bay Trail. The meeting location was Battery East Parking Lot (Lincoln Blvd between Long Ave and the Golden Gate Bridge parking lot). Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 415-561-3054.
The National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) were working in partnership to improve the visitor experience and visitor facilities on the southeast side of the Golden Gate Bridge, in preparation for the Bridge's 75th anniversary in May 2012.
In anticipation of the May 2012 anniversary of the Bridge, the goals of this project were to improve the visitor experience on the east side of the Bridge by augmenting visitor services, improving orientation/wayfinding; improving traffic flow, visitor access and site circulation; improving site accessibility; addressing parking and visitor safety issues; and enhancing historic, natural, and recreational resources in the area. The proposed improvements are consistent with the 1994 NPS General Management Plan Amendment for the Presidio, the approved Presidio Trails and Bikeways Plan and the Presidio Vegetation Management Plan.
Construction will begin in August 2011 and be substaintially complete by April 2012. Work will be closely coordinated with nearby concurrent projects such as trail improvements, including those to the Battery East Bay Trail, Battery East parking lot/trailhead, and the Golden Gate Overlook, as well as GGBHTD interpretive exhibits, lead remediation at Battery East, and intersection improvements at Lincoln Blvd / Highway 101 ramps.
Pedestrians, visitors with disabilities, cyclists, and private vehicles were able to access the Bridge plaza and Bridge sidewalks through construction. Wherever possible, work in public roads and paths were completed in off-peak visitor months. When detours were required, they were appropriately signed, flagged and protected. Project Information Coordinators were available on site to answer questions from the public at key points in the work.
Updates about site improvements and the 75th anniversary program will be posted at www.goldengatebridge75.org as they become available.