State officials overseeing construction of the new Bay Bridge had agreed to pay nearly $10 million to a San Francisco-based public relations firm for services that included thousands of dollars to conduct tours and produce a video and commemorative book, the Sacramento Bee reported. Read More
There are no more barriers to the Golden Gate Bridge transit district’s moveable median project. Read More
Dave Sutton winces every time he hears about a head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge.
It could be from the pain — 30 percent of his body has been scarred with burn wounds, and he’s missing a leg and fingers on his right hand. But it’s usually from the knowledge that the latest accident could easily have been prevented.
The structural integrity of the new Bay Bridge span will be reviewed by an independent panel following a request by state lawmakers concerned about
accusations of test falsifications on the project. Read More
Caltrans is defending the structural integrity of the new east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after a recent story by the Sacramento Bee made claims suggesting otherwise.The story published by the Bee on May 27 reported that the paper had found records of an apparent defect in the foundation of the span’s signature tower. Read More
Setbacks to the Doyle Drive rebuild should come as no surprise to motorists familiar with the delays that plague major Bay Area construction projects. The project, originally slated to be completed in 2014, is now set to be finished in 2015 — or even 2016 in the worst-case scenario. Financing questions, legal issues and lousy weather have hampered the project, which will transform the seismically unstable southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Read More
Commuters who ride their bikes to Caltrain’s Fourth and King station are nervous that a much-appreciated cycling storage facility could be shuttered due to a lack of funds.Since 2007, cyclists have been able to park their two-wheelers for free at the Warm Planet bike facility on Townsend Street. Read More
The Bay Bridge's westbound upper deck reopened Sunday evening, more than 24 hours ahead of schedule following a planned holiday weekend closure for demolition and construction work. With all planned demolition and maintenance work completed, California Department of Transportation Officials began removing cones from the bridge and approaches about 7 p.m., according to Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney. Read More
It has been nearly six years since the first multiday closure of the Bay Bridge for construction related to the new span, but bridge officials haven’t forgotten the lessons of that experience.Officials foolishly kept a single westbound lane of traffic open during that Labor Day weekend in 2006, and public outreach failed to alert travelers about what that meant. Read More
Momentum is building among state and federal officials to dissolve the California High-Speed Rail Authority and roll it into a proposed state transportation agency.
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown suggested folding the authority — along with Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Department of Motor Vehicles — into a new department. He said consolidation of the agencies, an idea in his 2012-13 budget proposal, would save the state money. Read More