Bay Bridge

8:08am

Tue September 3, 2013
Transportation

New Bay Bridge span opens early, but also a decade late

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge on Friday Aug. 30, before it opened to traffic.
Isabel Angell

The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened last night, about five hours ahead of schedule. That is, if you don't count the extra decade it took to get the bridge built.

California Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty announced the early opening to cheers at the official bridge opening ceremony. 

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9:30am

Thu August 29, 2013
Transportation

No driving Across Bay Bridge, as old span closes to make way for new

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which opens Tuesday, September 3.
Isabel Angell

At 8 p.m. last night, the last car drove across the original eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. If everything goes according to schedule, the new, blinding white span will open to the public on Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. Pacific Time. 

The closure gives construction crews time to finally connect the freeway and island approaches to the new bridge. With the Bay Area’s busiest bridge closed, hundreds of thousands of commuters will be looking for a different way across the Bay.

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4:20pm

Wed August 21, 2013
Transportation

Sky cowboys: The ironworkers who built the new Bay Bridge

Two ironworkers on a barge, under a huge crane (via Jerry Kubala Jr.)


The first thing you should know about ironworkers is that they don’t make things out of iron, like horseshoes. They’re builders. Ironworkers from Local 377 built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Tower, and the Bank of America skyscraper right here in San Francisco. Today, the union’s biggest and most eye-catching project is the new Bay Bridge’s signature suspension span – the huge white tower and cables that reach over five hundred feet into the sky. The second thing you should know is that they’re pretty ballsy.

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3:11pm

Fri August 16, 2013
Transportation

Cracked bolts and all, new Bay Bridge opening Labor Day

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which opens to traffic on Tuesday, September 3
Isabel Angell

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will open the day after Labor Day. After postponing the opening indefinitely in July, the bridge’s oversight committee voted to restore the original date at a meeting on Thursday. The cracked bolts in the new bridge are apparently better than the totally unsafe old bridge, which wouldn't survive a minor earthquake.

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10:47am

Mon July 22, 2013
Transportation

A "quick fix" might open Bay Bridge by Labor Day

A still of the Bay Bridge from a live camera (via MTC)

After all that, the Bay Bridge could open on Labor Day after all. That’s if a new solution – being called the “quick fix”– is approved to temporarily stabilize the structure’s broken bolts.

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