In addition to being safer during earthquakes, drivers will have a better overall experience when they drive across the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge when it opens in two weeks, a bridge spokesman said Tuesday.
Crews installed a series of temporary steel shims under the deck of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge over the weekend. The steel plates will allow the new bridge to open to traffic on schedule.
Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials have voted to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.
The status of the anchor rods on the Bay Bridge and an updated construction schedule for the new eastern span are set to be presented at a special meet Wednesday of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
The fix for the broken bolts includes implementing steel saddles on the span.