For 24 years, it’s the icon the Bay Area has been waiting for: the new Bay Bridge.
Ahead of the five-day San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closure next week, several lanes at the span’s toll plaza in Oakland are closed this weekend to make way for more FasTrak access.
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.
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.
Twenty-four years after the Loma Prieta earthquake, billions of dollars later and – most recently – a bit of drama over bad bolts, multiple well-placed transportation sources told KPIX 5 on Wednesday evening that the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will indeed open on Labor Day weekend.
The corrosion tests are meant to see how the rods will perform over decades and under tension.
Prospects for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge to open over the Labor Day weekend are fading fast. A Caltrans representative told KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier in Monday’s Matier and Ross column that Labor Day is not back on the table.
Caltrans officials working on a fix for the broken bolts on the new Bay Bridge now say they are increasingly confident the bridge will re-open well before the announced date of December 10th.
A mudslide triggered by summertime rainstorms late Thursday afternoon closed westbound Interstate 80 about four miles west of the California-Nevada border, according to the California Department of Transportation.