Bay Bridge Closes as Demolition Work Begins

OAKLAND—

In his 1930 Model A Ford, 83-year-old Bob Faber and his family were the very last to cross the Bay Bridge.

He says he’s crossed the bridge “a million times.” But to be the last one is something special.

“It’s an honor to go up, be the last, to go across. No doubt about it,” Faber said.

CHP and Caltrans were on schedule, closing the bridge to traffic just around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Just a few hours before, regular midweek traffic was flowing through.

About 270,000 cars travel on the bay bridge every day. But starting tomorrow and through the Labor Day weekend, the number will be zero.

However, that’s not counting the hordes of trucks that will come and go on the bridge throughout this holiday weekend.

“2,000 truckloads of material that are coming in over the weekend, and every one of them is going to return full. Plus, another 1,000 or so truckloads that are going to be carrying debris from the demolition,” said Bob Goodwin with the Bay Area Toll Plaza Authority.

Christopher Anderson and his company out of Sacramento will be among the demolition crew. Lots of coffee is in tall order.

“On the bridge tonight, we actually [are] taking anywhere from two to eight inches of asphalt of the whole section of bridge to put the new span in,” said Anderson.

Tearing and chewing up loads of the black roadway to make way for the connector to the new bridge – its work that no doubt will affect commuters.