SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A protective wood, steel and plastic fender on a Bay Bridge tower that was damaged after an oil tanker struck it earlier this month is being ripped off and replaced with new materials.
The Overseas Reymar, a 752-foot tanker that was headed to sea Jan. 7, struck the fender on the most eastern tower of the bridge’s western span.
Although the damage was “fairly superficial,” according to Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus, repairs are estimated around $3 million.
The fender worked as intended.
“The purpose is to absorb energy,” Haus said, with only the more western side of the tower impacted directly by the glancing blow.
However, Caltrans crews will be demolishing the entire fender through next week, before upgrading the wraparound protective layer.
Repairs started Tuesday and are expected to continue for four and a half months, Haus said.