(Bay City News Service and KQED) You know how three weeks you took note of that announcement that the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge would be shutting down over two weekends in October and tucked it away for future consideration? Guess what -- weekend No. 1 is upon us.
The bridge is shutting down the next two weekends for earthquake safety improvements, pushing motorists onto alternate routes to get between the Peninsula and East Bay, Caltrans officials said.
This weekend's closure begins at 10 p.m. today and is expected to continue until 5 a.m. Monday.
The span will shut down again the weekend of Oct. 26-29.
The closures will allow crews to install a new seismic joint and replace 60 feet of the bridge deck just east of the high rise, officials said.