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.
The new $6.3 billion eastern portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge still “has a fighting chance” to open this year, despite concerns over structural issues, officials overseeing its construction said Tuesday.
The Federal Highway Administration said Monday that it had launched a probe into why seemingly undesirable bolts were used on portions of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Each day, thousands of commuters cross over the Bay Area’s toll bridges. A KPIX 5 investigation found not everyone is paying, and the system keeping track of violations has flaws.
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.
Transportation officials are concerned about the possibility that the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge may have many more bad bolts than originally thought, KPIX 5 has learned.
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.
Transportation planners are moving forward on the first phase of a major regional project to create a network of express lanes along Bay Area highways.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has awarded the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority with $1.3 million for a two-year pilot program offering reduced fares for low-income customers.