Metropolitan Transportation Commission
That’s the question as we draw closer to when the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is supposed to open. Bad bolts have dealt a heavy blow to public trust of the new bridge. The partial collapse of the eastern span in 1989 led to construction of the new bridge with its “lifeline” designation – meaning it is designed to quickly reopen following a major earthquake.
BART is warning its passengers that there could be a strike by one or more of its employee unions in the next several weeks, but one union representative thinks that warning is premature.
KPIX 5 News will broadcast “The New Bay Bridge: Is it Safe?” on Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. In addition, the special will be re-broadcast on Saturday June 29 at 5 p.m. on KPIX 5 and 7:30 p.m. on KBCW-TV 44 Cable 12.
Transportation officials said they will decide by July 10th if the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will open as scheduled on Labor Day weekend.
Bay Area transportation officials said Tuesday there are too many unanswered questions about broken bolts on the Bay Bridge to issue any decision at this time about opening the new eastern span by Labor Day weekend.
As Caltrans officials scramble to figure out just what went wrong with the anchor rods on the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span and how to repair them, they are paying close attention to an unsolicited report from a retired engineer.
Fixing problems caused when nearly three dozen steel rods broke on a new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will cost about $1 million, a state transportation official said.
Within the next two weeks, transportation officials are hoping to have a design fix for broken bolts on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge ready for review. Officials said there is also plenty of money to cover the repairs.
Transportation officials said that they’re troubled by the discovery of problems with 32 large bolts on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, but they are confident that the problem can be fixed in time for the bridge to open on schedule over the Labor Day weekend. They also sought to reassure the public that the bridge will be safe when it opens.
With less than six months until the scheduled opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, more than two dozen giant bolts holding the $6.4 billion bridge together have reportedly snapped.