Chaos ensued on Bridgeway in Sausalito late Thursday night after a driver, now arrested for DUI and hit-and-run, crashed into a traffic signal pole, causing considerable disruption. The City of Sausalito reports that the accident happened at about 10:50 p.m. and damaged the control mechanisms for stop lights and walk signals at the intersections of Spring Street and Easterby Street with the Bridgeway.
Flashing red traffic signals and temporary stop signs have been deployed at the Spring Street and Easterby Street intersections with Bridgeway after a vehicle struck a signal pole in the Bridgeway median at approximately 11pm on December 7.— City of Sausalito (@CityofSausalito) December 8, 2023
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The aftermath of the crash has forced the city to put up flashing red signals and temporary stop signs to manage traffic flow. Sausalito Public Works is rushing to order replacement parts, which they expect will get the lights back in action on December 11. However, delays are anticipated for commuters traveling through the affected areas. The driver responsible, apprehended after fleeing the scene, now faces charges from the Sausalito Police Department. They were caught after an officer-enforcement incident ensued.
With the signal poles down, morning and evening commutes will likely see the brunt of the inconvenience. Police call on residents and visitors to exercise caution, particularly during peak travel hours. All are advised to heed the temporary signage until normal service is resumed, keeping a lookout for cyclists and pedestrians who share the busy roads.
While Public Works crews scramble to restore order, patience from the public is essential. Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time or seek alternative routes as officials work through the restoration process to ensure safety. Residents can anticipate the regular hum of Bridgeway traffic to resume post-repairs.