CalTrans

2:12pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Transportation

Experts raise concern about Bay Bridge rods

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge
Isabel Angell

Two Bay Area engineers have released a scathing report about the official analysis of the broken rods on the Bay Bridge, Charles Piller of the Sacramento Bee reports.

The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee conducted the analysis after 32 key seismic rods broke on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge back in March.

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4:59pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Transportation

Old Bay Bridge is coming down, without a bang

photo by Isabel Angell


The old eastern span of the Bay Bridge stands empty. Its job is done. Now it’s time for it to come down, and the man overseeing the demolition is Bill Howe, senior engineer with Caltrans.

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4:37pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Transportation

From a pretty big project to an enormous one – a brief history of our $6.4 billion bridge

The view driving across the $6.4 billion bridge
Isabel Angell

The story of the new Bay Bridge really begins in 1989, with the Loma Prieta earthquake. A lot of things collapsed -- including a section of the bridge’s eastern span. California officials realized they needed to do something drastic to protect during the next inevitable quake.

“They talked about renovating the existing bridge and that was going to cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” says William Ibbs.

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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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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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