Proposal to open third lane on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge next month

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A lawmaker wants to have three lanes opened on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge by next month. (KGO-TV)

A North Bay lawmaker is proposing to open a third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge next month.

Assemblyman Marc Levine has introduced a bill to speed up the restoration of a third eastbound lane on the bridge. Currently it's used as an emergency lane.

Caltrans had proposed waiting until next year, but Levine says it's a simple fix -- just paint in a new lane. He says a solution is needed to ease congestion.

The bridge initially had three lanes when it opened in 1956, but when drought hit in 1977 a lane was closed so a pipeline could be laid across the span to bring water to Marin.
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