Bay Area Toll Authority
Transportation officials say work to open the new Bay Bridge eastern span was progressing just as it should, as crews have been working nonstop since the last cars passed through the toll plaza Wednesday.
Drivers approaching the Bay Bridge from Interstate 880 or West Grand Avenue and who use FasTrak to pay for tolls will be detoured this weekend, as Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority add a new FasTrak lane on the span.
A state transportation official says a planned repair for seismic safety rods that snapped on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge could cost between $5 million to $10 million.
The recent discovery of broken bolts on the new east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has understandably shaken public confidence in this world-class structure. Californians will get a fix they can depend on.
It looks like an answer won’t be coming anytime soon as to whether or not the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will be able to open as scheduled come Labor Day. Public reaction about the use of questionable bolts on the $6 billion span has transportation officials seeking to reassure the community that safety is the top priority.
$5.6 million was approved to be spent on the new Bay Bridge celebration to be held over Labor Day Weekend, but now final approval goes before the full MTC board.
For motorists crossing Bay Area bridges in big-rigs, cars and trucks hauling trailers, and other vehicle combinations with more than two axles, bridge tolls are going to cost more in a month’s time.
The park that will be adjacent to the Oakland touchdown for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will incorporate a rail yard to accommodate operations at the Port of Oakland, transportation officials said Wednesday.
Plans are moving forward for a bike path on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge although funding for the $500 million project has yet to be secured.
Public transit became a little less attractive for Bay Area commuters Friday as a number of fare hikes were enacted July 1st.