A steel fracture that led to closures of the Bay Bridge and its lanes revealed a vulnerability that is present at 15 other points along the aging span, which is being replaced.
The crack occurred in one of the bridge’s 1,680 eyebars at one of 16 joints that rotate to buffer wind and other impacts, lawmakers learned Tuesday.
"We’re paying close attention to those 16 locations," Caltrans Director Randell Iwasaki said Tuesday during a state Senate oversight hearing. Read More
Workers are finished with repairs on the Bay Bridge’s cracked eyebar, a Caltrans spokesman said Tuesday.
Crews now are removing the temporary support system first put in place Labor Day weekend, when the cracked eyebar was discovered during a planned bridge closure, Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney said.
On Oct. 27, vibrations created in part by strong wind gusts caused the repair to crash onto rush-hour traffic, prompting a six-day closure for additional repairs. Read More