Metropolitan Transportation Commission Executive Director Steve Heminger said Wednesday that traffic on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge continues to be slow but he expects it to be faster in the long run.
Bicycling advocates have been dreaming of extending the bike and pedestrian path on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge to the western span. Next month that dream could inch slightly forward to reality.
Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said that money earmarked for future projects will be used to pay for the increase.
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.
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.
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 recent discovery of broken bolts on the new east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has understandably shaken public confidence in this world-class structure. Californians will get a fix they can depend on.
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.
It’s long been the talk of Sacramento – and beyond – but now it appears the State of California may be closer than ever before to adjusting the percentage of support needed to approve sales tax measures on California ballots, from two-thirds of the vote to just 55%.