The engineers did not conclude the new span is unsafe, but they told the state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee that myriad construction mistakes could have been prevented.
A California Senate report released Wednesday on the construction of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge raises questions about the quality of workmanship used to build the $6.3 billion span.
One new feature of the bridge got a workout this morning with the first accident on the bridge—a minor fender-bender. An accident like that could have made traffic a mess, but the new span now has shoulders that allowed the cars to pull over and not impede traffic.
It’s taken 24 long years and it’s hundreds of millions of dollars over budget, but it’s finally here. A ceremonial chain-cutting by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom signified the rebirth of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
It’s been a long time coming, but crews are finally putting the finishing touches on the new east span of the Bay Bridge, with it expected to open on Monday night.
Crews are on pace to put the finishing touches on a new stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the span should be ready to open as planned early this week, officials say.
When traffic flows across a new stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the first time, it will do so nearly a quarter-century after a deadly earthquake during the 1989 World Series collapsed two 50-foot sections of the old structure.
The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens nearly 25 years after the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the old span.
Officials say there were no problems during the first hours of construction to put finishing touches on the new eastern portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Commuters faced their first morning on Thursday without the workhouse San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but there weren’t major traffic snarls as day broke across the Bay Area.
After a long line of commuters took one last trip across San Francisco Bay, the California Highway Patrol began blocking traffic at about 7:30 p.m., then the Depression-era bridge closed as scheduled about a half-hour later.
Crowded roadways and packed buses, trains and ferries are on tap for commuters starting Wednesday night, when officials shut down the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to traffic in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.