Caltrans still not sure when Bay Bridge will reopen

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Workers were still repairing a collapsed section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around noon today and it remains unknown when the span will reopen, California Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Ney said.

“We're still custom-fitting the steel on the deck of the bridge so that when we get the rods in place they won't move,” Ney said during a news conference.

The bridge has been closed since Tuesday evening, when two rods and a crossbar fell onto the span's upper deck. Several cars were damaged but no one was seriously injured.

Ney said once the repair work is completed there will still have to be at least several hours of tests and inspections before the span can be reopened.

He said it's possible that the span could be reopened in time for the evening commute today, but people should not count on it and should make alternate plans.

Ney declined to predict exactly when the bridge will reopen, saying the repair work “will take as long as it takes.”

Motorists can get real-time travel information at the Web site 511.org or by calling 511.

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