New Bay Bridge
Caltrans said it will know within two weeks whether or not the compromised bolts on the Bay Bridge will delay the opening for the eastern span. And of course there are political considerations.
Authorities overseeing construction of the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span said they still don’t know whether the bolt problem will force a delay in plans to open the new span in early September. “Give us two weeks to give you an answer,” MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger said.
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.
Newly revealed documents show state transportation officials expressed concern about the integrity of some steel components for the span more than four years ago.
A state transportation official said it could take weeks or even months to find a solution for bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. The comments raised concerns that the span will not be ready in time to open on Labor Day as planned.
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.
Crews poured concrete for the final deck section of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, marking a major milestone in the new bridge’s completion. Transportation officials said the massive concrete pour was more than two years in the making.