OAKLAND (CBS SF) — After two months of delay, demolition of the 1930s-era eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge began on Tuesday.
The demolition was delayed because state bridge officials were focused on getting the $6.4 billion replacement span open over the Labor Day weekend.
Brian Maroney, a California Department of Transportation bridge engineer, said taking the old bridge down is a delicate and complicated task.
Crews conducting the $281-million demolition will first dismantle the old bridge’s trusses, deck and piers that are closest to the new span, allowing the new bridge’s bike and pedestrian path to be completed.
In all, about seven million tons of asphalt, concrete and steel will be removed.