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Bay Bridge's Eastern span reopening delayed at least three months

July 08, 2013|By Maria L. La Ganga
  • The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's eastern span will not open as planned on Labor Day weekend.
The new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's eastern span will not… (Randy Pench / Sacramento…)

SAN FRANCISCO – The troubled new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open over Labor Day weekend as planned, the California Transportation Commission announced Monday.

As state legislators were being briefed about the bridge timetable and a new investigative report, the commission released a written statement saying that “the previously scheduled Labor Day opening of the new East Span ... has been postponed.”

Thirty-two bolts on the new span -- set to replace the old expanse of bridge, which was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake -- broke in March. Revelations of other problems followed.

“The contractor now forecasts that the steel saddle retrofit of the failed bolts on the east pier will be completed by Dec. 10,” the commission said. A new opening date will be selected “based upon actual completion of the east pier retrofit work, weather windows, traffic impacts and other information as it becomes available.”


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