Bay Bridge Reopening Delayed by Months

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Bay Bridge Project Delays

Bay Bridge retrofit project
June 2013

OAKLAND-

The new East Span of the Bay Bridge will not open Labor Day weekend as planned, and could be delayed until December, or into 2014.

The opening is being postponed following issues with broken bolts and steel rods found in March.

The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee is overseeing the bridge retrofit project. They say the contractor working on the bridge hopes to have the steel saddle retrofit of the failed bolts on the east pier completed by mid-December. A date for when the bridge expanse will re-open will be selected once this is completed.

A four-day full closure of the existing bridge is necessary to complete work on the Oakland side, and at the Yerba Buena Island tunnel; a date for this shutdown has not been selected.

In March, it became known that 32 high-strength steel rods, installed on the suspension bridge on the new East Span, failed to work when tightened to their specified tension levels.

The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee released their investigation on this issue, you can read the 100-page report here.

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