RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Bay Area Council says they are working on a report determining how many upgrades are needed to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
"These three lanes that are closed, will be closed for several days or even weeks," said Pedro Quintana with Caltrans.
The Bay Area Council says there are numerous problems with the bridge including its toll plaza, which officials there say have been in place since the 1950s.
"We all know we need to get rid of these toll booths, why the heck does it take so long?" said John Grubb, the COO of the Bay Area Council. "The impact can be really catastrophic and tragic, where someone is dying, crashing into toll booths."
Drivers are forced to slow down to 25 miles per hour when going through the tolls, but no one collects money anymore. Grubb says these booths still cause backups, which during the morning commute, creates more pollution.
"It is now the largest source of pm2.5 emissions," Grubb said. "These are really harmful chemicals that get into the lungs of people, is from the morning back up."
Grubb says necessary projects often get delayed or held up. He says there is a plan in place to remove the booths at the bridge by 2028. However, he says after Monday's crash, they need to get removed now.
"We need to be able to be to do things a lot more quickly, and we need to do things more holistically," Grubb said.
A GoFundMe account has been created for the driver killed in the crash. To make a donation, visit here.
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