SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP/BCN) — The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day as it will take contractors until at least December to repair cracks in the bridge’s seismic safety bolts, transportation officials announced Monday.
A new opening date for the $6.4 billion crossing will be decided after the retrofit of the failed bolts is completed, which is estimated to take until at least Dec. 10, members of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee told four state legislators during a closed door briefing in Sacramento.
“We are announcing today a postponement of the scheduled opening of the new east span,” said Bay Area Toll Authority executive director Steve Heminger, speaking to reporters after the meeting and releasing a report the group presented to lawmakers.
He indicated that replacing the 32 snapped bolts, located on a pier along the span just east of Yerba Buena Island, would be a complicated project.
“You can look at as our belt broke, and we are putting on some suspenders. We need to get the suspenders fabricated and installed… we currently forecast that work will be done around about the middle of December,” explained Heminger, who also is chairman of the three-member oversight committee.