Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Bay Bridge Span To Open After Labor Day

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is set to open just after Labor Day weekend. That was the unanimous decision of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee. The decision to proceed with connecting the new span over Labor Day weekend comes in spite of the discovery of failed anchor bolts in the new bridge earlier this year. The committee has already approved a retrofitting project for the bridge to correct the structural problems with the bolts. That retrofitting will not be complete until December, but the committee approved an interim fix today that would allow the bridge to open in just a few weeks, allowing traffic across the new bridge while crews finish the retrofit. Sally Schilling reports.