Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bolts Keep Bay Bridge Timeline Uncertain

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge was projected to open on Labor Day, but after a series of setbacks that have required retrofitting and further review, officials say the opening date is still up in the air. The project to create a seismically sound replacement for the eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been delayed by failed bolts and more recently by a welding mistake in the bridge's bike path railing. The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee told transit officials that it is still figuring out how long it will take to replace the failed bolts and to conduct testing on the rest of the bridge's bolts. Sally Schilling reports from Oakland.