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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to encourage reversible lane use

Reporting from Sacramento

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to encourage reversible lane use

Reversible lanes were first used in California on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

Reversible lanes were first used in California on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

California drivers could start seeing more reversible lanes now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill officially encouraging their use.

Reversible lanes can be switched to allow traffic in either direction and are used to accommodate more traffic in one direction during peak hours.

Such lanes have been used in San Diego on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and Interstate 15 and in the Bay Area on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Caldecott Tunnel.

The lanes can be an efficient way to decrease traffic congestion, according to the bill’s author, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale).

Starting next year, the new law will require California transportation agencies to consider incorporating reversible lanes before starting some major road and highway projects.

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