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Bay Bridge repair extends closure

September 08, 2009|Associated Press

Transit officials said Monday that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge -- which was shut down over the holiday weekend for a seismic retrofit -- will not reopen in time for today's morning commute.

The announcement left thousands of drivers to find alternate ways to get into San Francisco, setting the stage for possible gridlock on other Bay Area bridges and roads.

Workers are repairing a crack in the span, which they discovered during a seismic retrofit project that involved cutting out a section of the eastern span and replacing it with a new double-deck section.

California Department of Transportation Director Randy Iwasaki said workers will not be able to complete the repairs by 5 a.m. today, when the bridge was scheduled to reopen.

-- Associated Press

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