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Governor To Skip Opening Of New Bay Bridge Span

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California Governor Jerry Brown. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

California Governor Jerry Brown. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown will not attend the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which is set for the day after Labor Day.

A spokesman for the governor, Jim Evans, said Wednesday that Brown will be on an out-of-state family trip “and will be gone through Labor Day.”

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Officials plan to close the current span, which has been deemed seismically unsafe, Aug. 28 and open the new one at 5 a.m. Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day.

The decision to open the $6.4 billion bridge comes despite construction problems that had threatened to delay the opening for months.

Federal transportation officials have approved a temporary replacement for broken earthquake-safety bolts that had been installed previously, allowing the Labor Day weekend opening.

(Copyright 2013 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

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