New Bay Bridge Span Expected To Open Labor Day 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Cars will start rolling across the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge during Labor Day weekend in 2013, Caltrans officials said Wednesday.

The closure next weekend could be one of several before the big ribbon cutting ceremony, which will come nearly 24 years after the Loma Prieta earthquake that collapsed a portion of the existing upper deck.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“We’re going to have to take the existing bridge out of service, both eastbound and westbound, in order to tie in the new Bay Bridge,” said Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney, probably 3 or 4 days before the new bridge opens.

Besides those tie-ins at Yerba Buena Island, crews have a lot of work to do over the next 19 months completing the eastern span itself and building the touchdown into Oakland, Ney said.

“We have a number of massive challenges to get through, but we believe that we can,” he said.

The upcoming closure of the upper deck on Presidents Day Weekend goes from 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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  1. WALTER says:

    I WISH AN EARTHQUAKE WILL HIT AND THE NEW BRIDGE COLLAPSE WITHOUT FATALITY. THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE OLD BRIDGE.

    CALTRANS CREATED THIS $7 BILLION PROJECT TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGE CONTRACTORS.

    1. norbit says:

      But, they made a new one. So if your hopeful earthquake ever did happen and the bridge collapsed, don’t you think they’ll spend couple more billion dollars to refix it? If your concerned about the spending, why would you hope that it breaks down then? Idiot.

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