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July 26, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
A commuter nightmare was developing Friday in the Bay Area as authorities closed both directions of the Bay Bridge to check a suspicious device. [Updated: The bridge was reopened by the CHP. ] According to the California Highway Patrol, authorities were examining the a  device found near the Treasure Island exit. Photos showed traffic backed up both on the San Francisco and Oakland side of the bridge. There was no word on when the bridge would reopen. Here is an image aggregated from social media: BREAKING PHOTO: Traffic nightmare as Bay Bridge in San Francisco CLOSED due to a suspicious package - @abc7newsbayarea - NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker)
January 24, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO Two engineers who say their safety concerns about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were suppressed by Caltrans higher-ups told a state Senate committee Friday that they nevertheless believe the new eastern span of the structure is safe. California Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty, meanwhile, reluctantly conceded that "there has to have been mistakes made," but insisted that no coercion had occurred and that "if we had any concerns about safety on the bridge, we would not have opened it in September.
August 31, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
You might have thought Southern California freeways are difficult to negotiate during construction, but former Angels coach and Rays Manager Joe Maddon says it's worse in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the closing of the Bay Bridge to remove the old eastern span this weekend made travel tough to Oakland for Tampa Bay's game against the A's. Now, the greater Los Angeles area does not have a large body of water to negotiate when traveling east-west...
November 2, 2013 | By Lee Romney
The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is open to traffic, and motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians have expressed approval of the single-tower suspension span's elegant beauty. But then there are these facts: The project was completed a decade later than promised and came in $5 billion over budget. It was also plagued by construction difficulties, including a batch of massive bolts that snapped, delaying the opening and requiring a costly retrofit. Last week, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord)
March 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is the city's other bridge, the overlooked sister to the more beloved Golden Gate Bridge . But that could change Tuesday night. Artist Leo Villareal will flip the switch on his massive art project of 25,000 white LED lights that run 1.8 miles and 500 feet high on the bridge's west span. From dusk until 2 a.m. for the next two years, lights will shimmer with patterns that never repeat, courtesy of a program Villareal wrote for each light on the computer-controlled sculpture.
The cost of retrofitting the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to protect it from earthquakes has risen so sharply that the state may be compelled instead to replace the bridge's entire eastern span, state officials said Tuesday. The cost of strengthening the landmark eight-mile, double-deck bridge is now estimated at $1.2 billion--far more than the $650 million earmarked in the Proposition 192 bond measure on the March ballot to retrofit all seven state toll bridges.
December 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Pieces of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that broke off when a container ship struck it in November have shown up at Half Moon Bay. Officials are working to remove a 15-ton piece of the bridge's fender that washed up on San Mateo County's Redondo Beach. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Transportation will dismantle, then remove, the 20-foot-wide piece of black plastic-covered steel this week. Officials may attempt to reuse it, either on the Bay Bridge or elsewhere.
September 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Traffic flowed in both directions on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge 11 hours ahead of schedule, as construction crews wrapped up repairs Monday evening. The bridge reopened to traffic at 6 p.m., instead of at 5 a.m. today, as originally scheduled. It was termed "a tremendous achievement" by transportation officials. Over three days, workers tore out an old 350-foot section and replaced it with a 6,500-ton retrofitted section.
December 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Caltrans has delayed by four months bids to build a key section of a new $3-billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Caltrans also announced this week that the seismic safety job may not be finished until 2010, more than 20 years after the bridge was damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake. The agency still needs to award three major contracts for the project: a suspension tower, its underwater foundation and a connector to the island tunnel. Bids to build the tower have been delayed several times.
October 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The FBI has closed an investigation into allegations that the new Bay Bridge had faulty welding, saying there wasn't enough evidence to warrant charges. The inquiry was complicated, because in some instances the welds have been buried in concrete, investigators said. Without the physical evidence, they would have to rely on conflicting accounts from witnesses and experts, said agent Joe Ford.
October 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is open to traffic and motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians have expressed approval of the single-tower suspension span's elegant beauty. Then there are these facts: The project was completed a decade later than promised and came in $5 billion over budget. It was also plagued by construction difficulties, including a batch of massive bolts that snapped, delaying the opening and requiring a costly retrofit.
October 22, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
Bay Area transit officials are hoping for an easier evening commute after a rash of vehicle crashes clogged roadways on the first day since a BART labor deal ended a four-day strike. The Bay Area Rapid Transit system struggled to get enough employees back on the job in time to restore rail service early Tuesday. Trains had initially been scheduled to start running at 4 a.m., but even at 6 a.m., BART was warning commuters of up to 45-minute systemwide delays. As of 11 a.m., the possible delays had been shortened to 20 minutes as more trains were brought online.
September 27, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Jeremiah Dobruck
A second man has been charged in the Labor Day killing of a 28-year-old Santa Ana woman whose body was found under a bridge spanning Newport Bay. The Orange County district attorney's office charged Irvin Tellez, 25, a construction worker, in the shooting death of Nancy Hammour. He is being held on $1-million bail. A second man, Jaime Prieto Rocha, 40, has already been charged in the woman's death and also is being held on $1-million bail. The two men are suspected of being fellow gang members, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.
September 12, 2013 | By Anthony York and Patrick McGreevy
Over the objections of Gov. Jerry Brown and several past presidents of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, state lawmakers have approved a measure asking that the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge be renamed for former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. The measure, a joint resolution that will does not require the governor's signature, breaks a legislative prohibition against naming roadways for living people. It also comes over strong objections from many San Francisco leaders, who criticized the move to rename the span after the controversial Democrat.
September 11, 2013 | By Bradley Zint, Jeremiah Dobruck and Adolfo Flores
A 40-year-old Santa Ana forklift driver is set to be arraigned on murder charges in the gunshot-slaying of a young mother whose body was found face-down under the Newport Bay bridge on Labor Day. Jaime Prieto Rocha appeared in court Tuesday but did not enter a plea in the death of Nancy Hammour, 28-year-old Santa Ana woman who family members said was trying to straighten out her life after battling drugs. An autopsy determined that Hammour died of a gunshot wound, though details of her death remained sketchy.
September 11, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown weighed in on the latest controversy surrounding the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge this week, but this one had nothing to do with safety concerns or cracking bolts. The current dust-up is over naming rights, with a group of lawmakers hoping to rechristen the western span of the bridge in honor of former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Willie Brown remains a popular figure in the state Assembly, the house he led for nearly 15 years before being forced from office by term limits.
September 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Lawmakers in Sacramento have decided on a Bay Bridge earthquake retrofitting deal that requires the state to pay about 40% of the $1.46 billion needed for the project. The state will also need to cover up to $448 million in unanticipated expenses. The deal follows weeks of debate, as well as a standoff that might have put an end to the legislation. Southern California representatives tried to insert amendments into AB 1171, Assemblyman John Dutra's bill.
The reopening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Saturday was something of a grand opening for Fountain Valley-based Percol Polymerics Inc. The chemical company is only a few weeks old--its Orange County office doesn't even have all of its furniture and there are only four full-time employees. Yet Percol has spent its first weeks using its patented polymer to fill potholes and tiny trenches left in the Bay Bridge by the Oct.
September 4, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck, Hannah Fry and Emily Foxhall
The body of a woman found lying face down under the Newport Bay Bridge has been identified as a 28-year-old woman who had recently become a mother, according to authorities and media accounts. Nancy Hammour's body was discovered early Monday when a passerby spotted it under the south side of the bridge, which spans the bay between Bayside and Dover drives. Police withheld most details about the woman, including her hometown. But KCBS-TV reported that the woman had most recently lived in Santa Ana and quoted a family friend who said Hammour had recently become a mother.
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