New visitor center planned for Golden Gate anniversary

January 9, 2012 4:22:44 PM PST
Construction's underway to make several improvements to the Golden Gate Bridge in preparation for its 75th anniversary celebration.

The biggest change most people will see is a new visitor center on the San Francisco side of the span. Bridge officials also announced plans for a two-day festival along the waterfront to mark the diamond anniversary. It will take place on Memorial Day weekend.

The bridge will also begin offering guided day and nighttime tours starting in May.

Unlike the 50th anniversary celebration, there will be no bridge walk this time around because of safety reasons. Three-hundred-thousand people turned out for the bridge walk during the 1987 celebration, flattening the span's roadway and prompting worried officials to clear the bridge.