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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.
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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.
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November 11, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system may continue costly, all-night service on the system after the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopens, a spokesman said Friday. The overnight service costs an average of $17 a passenger. Officials do not want to turn away the estimated 130,000 new BART riders that have used the system since the Oct. 17 quake.
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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.
NEWS
May 16, 1988
One person was killed when a car plunged off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and landed in shallow water near the shore of Yerba Buena Island after bouncing down the steep cliff. The victim was not immediately identified. The California Highway Patrol said the westbound car apparently struck a bridge support cable on the upper deck, flipped into the air and plummeted from the bridge down the side of Yerba Buena Island, halfway between San Francisco and Oakland.
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October 18, 1989
A massive earthquake struck the Bay Area on Tuesday, killing scores of people, most of them in the collapse of a double-decked freeway in Oakland. Death toll estimates ranged from 62 to more than 200. Hundreds more were injured, scores of buildings were shattered or in flames and a portion of the roadway on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge buckled. The violent quake, which hit at 5:04 p.m. and lasted about 15 seconds, had a magnitude of 6.
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November 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A preliminary Coast Guard investigation has determined that human error caused a cargo ship to crash into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. On Saturday, crews intensified efforts to rescue wildlife and clean up the resulting oil spill. "There were skilled enough individuals on board this ship," said Rear Adm. Craig Bone, the Coast Guard's top official in California. "They didn't carry out their missions correctly."
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July 8, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Patrick McGreevy
SAN FRANCISCO - The much-delayed and over-budget eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day weekend, transportation officials announced Monday, eliciting disappointment but little surprise in a region dependent on the soaring structure. The Bay Area's second-most-famous visual icon was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, killing a motorist and unleashing a generation of controversy. The new span was scheduled to open in September with a splashy party costing more than $5 million and possibly including a bridge walk, a bike ride and a recreational run. But in March, it was discovered that 32 bolts on the structure had fractured.
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October 31, 2009 | Associated Press
Crews trying to repair the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ran into problems Friday, stopping work as they waited for new steel plates needed to strengthen the troubled span. The bridge will probably stay closed through the weekend, and it was unclear if it would reopen for the Monday morning commute.
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September 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former state Treasurer Tom Hayes will head an audit team that will look at the reasons for the increased cost of replacing the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Schwarzenegger administration said Thursday. "The taxpayers deserve a thorough accounting for the reasons for the delays and cost increases," said Sunne Wright McPeak, head of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
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September 3, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Robert J. Lopez
Morning commuters in the Bay Area marveled at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Tuesday after more than a decade of waiting. Images of the the bridge's towering suspension cables against white puffy clouds and a blue sky appeared on social media sites as commuters documented their first trip across the new span. The entire bridge had been closed for five days as crews put the final touches on a $6.4-billion structure that replaces a stretch damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
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September 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened to traffic Monday night, the California Highway Patrol said. The first cars, led by CHP cruisers with flashing lights, started rolling across the bridge toward San Francisco about 10:15 p.m. Motorists honked their horns by the toll plaza on the Oakland side of the bridge, according to television news reports. The bridge had been closed since Wednesday so that workers could put the final touches on a new 2.2-mile span from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island.
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August 15, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A state-sanctioned oversight panel on Thursday announced that officials would press ahead with plans to open the troubled eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to traffic around Labor Day weekend. The single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge - which stretches from Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the bay to Oakland - initially was scheduled for a celebratory unveiling Labor Day weekend. But the project, in the planning since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the original eastern stretch, has been fraught with problems.
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July 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State legislators were disappointed to hear Monday that the opening of a new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be delayed at least three months, until December, in order to strengthen the structure after the failure of several bolts. Four state senators from the Bay Area were briefed on the project behind closed doors. Afterward, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), who is co-chairman of the Bay Area Legislative Caucus, voiced concern that the bridge project faces new delays after already falling years behind schedule.
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July 8, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
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.
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July 3, 2013 | By Anthony York
Just after the San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl in February, Gov. Jerry Brown took part in a live television special, sitting high above San Francisco Bay. The event, produced by the Bay Area's CBS TV station, was billed as an official countdown to the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which is scheduled to be operational by Labor Day. Brown pressed an oversized button which triggered a countdown clock to the bridge's planned...
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May 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - State and regional transportation officials announced plans Wednesday for a retrofit to the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that will cost up to $10 million and effectively do the job of nearly 100 massive bolts that failed earlier this year. Questions remain, however, about whether the world's largest single-tower, self-anchored suspension span will open on Labor Day weekend as planned. The new span will replace the one that partially collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
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