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Traffic-Stopping Views of SF Too Pretty For Their Own Good

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Yesterday, there was word that officials were considering shutting down Vista Point (the circular lookout on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County) during heavy traffic situations. This morning, we know when they might implement the traffic-taming measure: During the Super Bowl. The Marin Independent Journal reports that there's growing concern that the event will generate the same road-clogging popularity at the spot that occurred during the recent holidays. In late December, motorists reported delays that lasted hours due to cars lining up, filled with people hoping to get a look.

According to the Marin IJ, the Golden Gate Bridge District, Caltrans, and the California Highway Patrol will have a meeting of the minds on January 20 to discuss the problem. Bob Haus, Caltrans spokesman, told reporters: "We will look at short-term and long-term solutions."

Several motorists sounded off in the Marin IJ and on ABC News 7, complaining of commutes that were extended by an hour or more as cars queued up, hoping to jockey for a place in the 122-car parking lot. Others complained about the potential closings, saying that people deserved a look at the stunning vista.

· Golden Gate Bridge could clog from Vista Point traffic in Super Bowl week [Marin Independent Journal]

· Golden Gate Bridge District Considers Closing Vista Point During Peak Hours [ABC 7 News]