Bay Bridge

2:48pm

Mon July 8, 2013
Transportation

Bay Bridge Labor Day opening delayed

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

The Bay Bridge opening has been delayed until at least December, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday. The brand-new eastern span of the bridge, which connects Oakland to San Francisco, was supposed to open this Labor Day. Back in March, bolts that hold together a key seismic structure snapped, throwing the opening date into question.

Transit officials said they needed to investigate why the bolts broke and develop a solution to ensure the bridge is seismically sound.

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6:15pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Transportation

Extended interview: Chronicle's Jaxon Vanderbeken on the Bay Bridge controversies

Crossing the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
Under CC license from Flickr user mrjoro

The Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is the region’s biggest-budget project. Plans for the seismically strong segment were first developed in 2002. It’s been more than a decade and the single suspension structure has cost more than $6 billion, which makes it overdue and over budget.

Recent issues involving snapping rods and improperly galvanized bolts may delay the long-awaited Labor Day opening.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jaxon Vanderbeken has been covering the Bay Bridge controversies. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with him for a wide-ranging conversation.

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5:43pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Transportation

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Bay Bridge

New Bay Bridge
flickr

The Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is the region’s biggest-budget project. Plans for the seismically strong segment were first developed in 2002. It’s been more than a decade and the single suspension structure has cost more than $6 billion, which makes it overdue and over budget.

Recent issues involving snapping rods and improperly galvanized bolts may delay the long-awaited Labor Day opening.

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12:52pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Transportation

Bay Bridge bolt fix could cost $10 million, opening date still unclear

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge (via flickr user tofuart)

California officials say they have a plan to stabilize bolts that failed earlier this year on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

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5:52pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

New art installation lights up Bay Bridge's Western span

San Francisco is globally famous for being home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, but tonight it’s the Bay Bridge that’s making international headlines.

A new installation called “The Bay Lights” launches with 25,000 LEDs lighting up all the cables across the Western span of the Bridge, transforming it into an illuminated sculpture inspired by the surrounding environment.

Sculptor Leo Villareal is the project’s light artist, but Ben Davis is the man who came up with the idea for the installation.

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