Caltrans Opens Bay Bridge Ahead Of Schedule

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Bay Bridge’s westbound upper deck reopened Sunday evening, more than 24 hours ahead of schedule following a planned holiday weekend closure for demolition and construction work.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Motorists passing through the toll plaza are asked to drive carefully, since the merge will be different. While 20 lanes will still merge down to 5, they will curve slightly to the south, Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney said.

The bridge was not scheduled to reopen until Tuesday at 5 a.m., but Ney said unexpectedly good weather had allowed work to progress quickly.

“The next time we plan to close the Bay Bridge will be to open the new Bay Bridge, Labor Day weekend 2013,” Ney said.

The bridge’s upper deck was closed at 8 p.m. Friday to accommodate demolition and maintenance projects related to the construction of a new eastern span. Crews demolished sections of roadway to make way for an inclined section that will eventually carry eastbound traffic.

The closure pushed a surge of southbound traffic on to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Unofficial numbers show that more than 67,600 vehicles drove south over the bridge on Saturday, up from 39,799 vehicles on the Saturday of Presidents Day in 2011, Golden Gate Transportation District spokeswoman Mary Currie said.

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  • Clarence R. Fischer

    While it is great for persons who drive cars that the bridge will be open, KCBS would be doing the “other part” of the story, if they would report on what the public transit situation for overnight service for both tonight (Sunday night into Monday) and tomorrow night (Monday night into Tuesday) is going to be, by confirming with both BART and AC Transit as to what is happening, so that riders know if BART will still continue the “limited overnight hourly service”, or if BART is calling it off, that AC Transit is confirming that it will go back to provide overnight service between Oakland and San Francisco. What I’m fearing is that BART will cancel the special service, and AC Transit will not provide the normal overnight service, thus, public transit riders who need to get between Oakland and San Francisco will not be able to take either BART or AC Transit. PLEASE …. KCBS …. Let us know what each agency is planning to do!!! Please ….. finish “the rest of the story”!!!

    • elj say that all overnight service has ended due to the Bay Bridge reopening. Don’t know about AC Transit

  • tn

    Just curious: Our taxes pay for the renovations. The workers are targeting and paid more to be on time, and even more monetary incentives to finish early. Congratulations to them. Could it be that the workers worked that much harder and earned exponentially more money while the Caltrans planners built a very conservative and comfortable cushion to make it look like they were so efficient yet, we taxpayers end up paying more, again?

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  • kc

    tn has a point, KPIX why don’t you investigate that payment part and do they pad?
    This isn’t the first or second time a road project has been completed early and companies received bonuses.
    But, tn, the bridge fares are paying for this new expansion. You see, after SoCal had the Northridge Quake and they lost huge sections of a couple of freeways the entire state paid for the extremely rapid rebuilding because those roads were/are vital for the state’s business transportation; BUT SoCal isn’t paying a dime for the Bay Bridge because some idiots feel that this is just a local bridge; that this section of highway does not play much of a role in the transportation of goods. They seem to think that it’s just commuters into The City that use it. So we are stuck with the entire bill which went WAY UP because 2 Browns couldn’t agree on a design.

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