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Bridge Closures Over the Years

The Golden Gate Bridge has been closed due to weather conditions only three times due to high winds:

  • December 1, 1951: As gusting winds reached 69 miles per hour, the Bridge was closed for about four hours, about 2 pm to 6 pm. A team of engineers inspected the entire Bridge for damage and declared it structurally sound. The did, however, recommend that lateral bracing be installed. In 1954, the project was completed and the wind stability of the Bridge was increased by 35 percent.
  • December 23, 1982: High winds of up to 70 miles per hour closed the Bridge for about three hours from about 3 pm to 6 pm. The Bridge easily withstood the gusts.
  • December 3, 1983: Once again high winds closed the Bridge for the longest period in its history, 3 hours and 27 minutes. Wind gusts reached 75 miles per hour, but the Bridge suffered no structural damage.The Bridge roadway was closed very briefly on separate occasions for visiting dignitaries President Franklin D. Roosevelt (date not known) and president Charles de Gaulle of France in April 1960.

The Bridge has been closed for very brief periods during the suspender rope replacement project (1973 to 1976). There were eight (8) closings of 2 hours each, 2:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., to move equipment.

The Bridge was closed for the 50th anniversary Bridge Walk on May 24, 1987, from about 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Bridge was closed for three days—January 10 to 12, 2015—for the installation of a moveable median barrier.

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