Leaving San Francisco and heading to the East Bay may prove difficult. San Francisco has become a lot like a roach motel if you commute in from the East Bay, “you can get in but you can’t get out.” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that a gasoline tanker truck crashed over the weekend and melted two freeway overpasses at the MacArthur Maze. The photos of the melted steel are incredible.

I-580 Detour, Option 1

In any case, the map above shows the preferred rout for getting onto the I-580 Eastbound after crossing the Bay Bridge on the I-80 East. It’s not pretty to have to take surface streets for that stretch, so the second option below seems like the best bet. Getting on the I-880 South, exiting for a few blocks, and then getting on the I-980 to get to the I-580. Both options require the use of surface streets, but the second option is only for a few blocks. Visit 511.org for more info.


Thankfully, I do not have to make that commute. I feel sorry for all of the East Bay residents that work in The City. Their evening commutes just got a hell of a lot longer. Many people are staying home for the next few days, but as normal traffic resumes, it will be a nightmare.

I lived in Los Angeles when the Northridge Quake collapsed a section of the I-10 freeway. It took nearly three months to rebuild that section of the freeway, and that was a straight freeway. Rebuilding the maze will be a more difficult task due to the height and complexity (curve) of the overpasses that must be rebuilt. My guess is that it will take at least four to five months to rebuild. Stay tuned.

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