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Driving on East Bay freeways/SF Mission may be dicey for a bit

Old Dec 7, 14, 12:14 pm
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Driving on East Bay freeways/SF Mission may be dicey for a bit

PLEASE don't take this to an OMNI place...

Protestors have been closing several freeway exits since various grad jury decisions have been revealed. If your plans involve driving through Oakland or Berkeley or visiting the Mission or Union Square in SF check local traffic or news for what's happening in real time.

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Old Dec 7, 14, 12:42 pm
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IME driving on 880 at any time is a bit dicey!
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Old Dec 7, 14, 12:47 pm
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Is this happening today, squeakr?
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Old Dec 7, 14, 12:55 pm
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Honestly, I don't think the protests add to the potential of delays much more than the usual variable number of accidents, construction, etc.
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Is this happening today, squeakr?
Last night was a mess in Berkeley, far from Campus.
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Old Dec 7, 14, 6:10 pm
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Last night was a mess in Berkeley, far from Campus.
Yeah, the University Ave exit from 80 was closed in both directions when I went by at about 8 pm. There were quite a few police officers around.
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Old Dec 8, 14, 1:10 am
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It looks like the police have gotten pretty good at getting demonstrators off the freeways rapidly now. Or at least, so implies the 11pm news.
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Old Dec 8, 14, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by SFOPhD View Post
Honestly, I don't think the protests add to the potential of delays much more than the usual variable number of accidents, construction, etc.
I agree. It's always wise to check the traffic report when driving around the S.F. Bay Area. The all-news station KCBS 740 AM has traffic reports every 10 minutes on the 8s (:08, :18, etc.).
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Old Dec 8, 14, 3:25 pm
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I agree. It's always wise to check the traffic report when driving around the S.F. Bay Area. The all-news station KCBS 740 AM has traffic reports every 10 minutes on the 8s (:08, :18, etc.).
Sigalert.com has been pretty good about having up-to-date highway closures, too. There's also an app.

It is also a good idea to check www.bart.gov for service advisories, i.e., Saturday both North Berkeley and Berkeley Bart stations were closed for awhile, and Sunday, Berkeley Bart station was closed for awhile.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by SFOPhD View Post
Honestly, I don't think the protests add to the potential of delays much more than the usual variable number of accidents, construction, etc.
You would be incorrect in that assumption. Last night, the traffic was backed up for hours because of protestors walking on 80. Police kept clearing the protestors, who continued to tear down fences and walk on the highway. BART was closed, and Amtrak was closed for a bit.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by climbermom View Post
You would be incorrect in that assumption. Last night, the traffic was backed up for hours because of protestors walking on 80. Police kept clearing the protestors, who continued to tear down fences and walk on the highway. BART was closed, and Amtrak was closed for a bit.
The Amtrak train was delayed for about an hour. BART station closures are not terribly rare. And what we saw on I-80 can happen with a really bad multi-car accident.

To be clear, these protests are serious traffic and transit concerns. It's just that we have similarly problematic traffic and transit concerns fairly regularly around here. Protests or no protests, check a traffic report.
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Originally Posted by dhuey View Post
The Amtrak train was delayed for about an hour. BART station closures are not terribly rare. And what we saw on I-80 can happen with a really bad multi-car accident.

To be clear, these protests are serious traffic and transit concerns. It's just that we have similarly problematic traffic and transit concerns fairly regularly around here. Protests or no protests, check a traffic report.
Well, last night was more special than usual. A lot more special than a bad multi-car accident (primarily because of how unpredictable things were). I certainly wouldn't want to be caught up in it, because of the rogue opportunists.

Probably one more night, and then a good rainstorm will hopefully quiet things down.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 8:11 pm
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Well, last night was more special than usual.
Indeed, it was. I'm only saying that it was hardly something we've never seen before. I think the two recent BART strikes and resulting traffic gridlock were much worse and much longer in duration than what we've seen with these protests.
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Indeed, it was. I'm only saying that it was hardly something we've never seen before. I think the two recent BART strikes and resulting traffic gridlock were much worse and much longer in duration than what we've seen with these protests.
Anyone else remember the Safeway semi truck that spilled vegetables or something and closed off all but one lane on the Bay Bridge s-curve for hours? I shudder recalling that one.
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Old Dec 10, 14, 12:41 am
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Anyone else remember the Safeway semi truck that spilled vegetables or something and closed off all but one lane on the Bay Bridge s-curve for hours? I shudder recalling that one.
My husband got stuck in that one. What a mess.
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