SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Bay Area transportation officials said Tuesday there are too many unanswered questions about broken bolts on the Bay Bridge to issue any decision at this time about opening the new eastern span by Labor Day weekend.
For the past two weeks, some had hoped an announcement would be made Wednesday at a special meeting of the Bay Area Toll Authority on whether or not the new Eastern Span would open as planned.
The Wednesday meeting is where the Toll Bridge Oversight Committee will give an update on the repair job currently underway and an update on the testing of other bolts.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission Spokesman John Goodwin said the opening date will remain in question. Caltrans is still determining the timing of a fix with the contractor and more testing is needed to find out if other bolts will need to be replaced.
“Certainly that was a goal to have all the questions answered and to able to say, ‘yes we’re going to make Labor Day’ or it’s going to be x-date, y-date or z-date,” he said.
Goodwin stated it is less likely they will have that certainty by Wednesday, but that the precise opening date could come in the next few weeks.
The next toll authority meeting after Wednesday is scheduled for June 12th with the oversight committee.