Caltrans officials said on Monday that they are on track to install new steel saddles for all of the broken bolts that were found on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge earlier this year.
A 15-year, $820-million rehabilitation project of the interstate between Auburn and the Nevada line is expected to wrap up by October 15.
Caltrans apologized for a power outage that caused major backups at the Caldecott Tunnel Monday morning, because of an inability to switch the middle bore to westbound traffic. Workers were testing the new system out when they tripped a circuit that caused the glitch.
After the Labor Day opening of Bay Bridge, a new commute traffic pattern has emerged, involving earlier and later backups getting to the new eastern span.
Caltrans announced on Monday morning that all major work was wrapping up on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge and that an announcement on whether the bridge would open early could be made at the “chain cutting” ceremony in the afternoon.
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.
With the new eastern span set to open by early Tuesday morning, Caltrans is now focusing on demolishing the old span, a process that will take about three years and cost about $240 million.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is now closed to traffic, as preparations get under way to open the new, $6.4 billion eastern span.
Bay Area transit agencies said Tuesday that they will beef up service while the Bay Bridge is closed over Labor Day weekend but also said people should be prepared and research all their travel options during the closure.
Independent experts could examine the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge without fear that they would be sued under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.