One in five Bay Area bridges is marked by the federal government as high-priority for monitoring and repair, according to a report released today by a national transportation organization. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Transportation for America found the region had more "structurally deficient" bridges than the national average, the report said. Read More
Internal documents show two of the oldest Muni tunnels are riven with cracks, leaks and corrosion, but a spokesman said the transit agency has never seismically inspected them — even following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
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Crews have removed a jackknifed big rig from Interstate Highway 80 in San Francisco this morning, where it blocked three eastbound lanes for nearly four hours, a California Highway Patrol officer said. Read More
The Bay Bridge’s eastern span is rising to new heights — albeit slowly — as the fourth piece of the iconic tower is installed this week.
The latest section will make the tower 480 feet high. It will take five days for the piece to be put in place, according to Caltrans, the state agency that oversees the bridge.
Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney said crews will work around the clock through Friday to put the piece in place. Read More
A man posing as a Caltrans worker distracted a Woodside homeowner while another suspect snuck in an unlocked back door and stole jewelry, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Read More
The fourth segment of the self-anchored suspension tower was added to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday.Click on the photo to the right to see a slideshow of the tower addition.Crews lifted the newest section onto the bridge in an around-the-clock operation, according to the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee.The segment boosts the tower up to 480 feet, leaving the structure just 45 feet under its final 525-foot height, the committee said. Read More
Starting in May, motorists will face detours on the Bay Bridge that will allow construction of the new eastern span to wrap up four to six months ahead of schedule, a Caltrans spokesman said Thursday. The detours are necessary because the bridge's current westbound lanes are directly in the path of the new eastern span, spokesman Bart Ney told reporters at a briefing near the bridge Thursday morning. Read More
Due to long-term construction underway on the Dumbarton Bridge, Caltrans began closing lanes in each direction on the bridge Monday night to facilitate the seismic retrofit that is expected to be completed by August 2012.Motorists should expect overnight lane closures in either direction during the ongoing construction work, with up to two of the three bridge lanes in each direction affected. Read More
Caltrans crews have finished excavation work on two tunnels on the San Mateo County coast that will allow motorists to bypass Devil’s Slide on state Highway 1 beginning next year.More than 314,000 cubic yards of soil, clay and rock has been removed during excavation of the two tunnels, which run beneath San Pedro Mountain just south of Pacifica, Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi said.The tunnels are each 30 feet wide and about 4,200 feet long. Read More
A major legal decision is expected today regarding the future of Doyle Drive, the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge that is undergoing a $1 billion renovation.
On Dec. 22, an Alameda County Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order against the project following a lawsuit filed by the Professional Engineers in California Government, a public workers union. Read More