Final Shipment Of Bay Bridge Steel To Arrive By Monday

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – When a ship from China arrives by next Monday, Caltrans crews will have all of the components in place to assemble the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

The final shipment en route from Shanghai, China consists of the sections that will make up the deck of the bridge, said Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney.

“All of the parts will be here now to finish the bridge,” Ney said.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Motorists will notice some major changes over the next several months. First the suspension span’s cables will be lifted into place. Then nearly 5,000 tons of steel will go up.

Ney said construction is about six months ahead of schedule, with the new eastern span on track to open in 2013.

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  • Cecelia

    How can we take our government seriously when they say they want us to support our local economies while buying steel from China instead of the USA for building local bridges?! No wonder our economy is in the toilet. Who makes these decisions? Until we begin supporting our own manufacturers, we will not pull out of this down turn.

    • Ancient

      Absolutely correct. The taxpayer paid for the steel and the labor yet not only was the steel bought in another country, but welders from China were brought in. Yet, our politicians talk about the need for jobs. And one can blame both ends of the political spectrum for this hypocrisy.

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