Bay Bridge could open by late morning, early afternoon

 

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will likely open later this morning or early this afternoon after final inspections are completed, a California Department of Transportation spokesman announced today.

“Things are looking really good,” spokesman Bart Ney said. “We've progressed a great deal overnight.”

Caltrans crew members, material providers and inspectors have been working for nearly a week to repair a section where two rods and a crossbar fell onto the upper deck of the eastern span of the bridge Tuesday evening.

Ney said a break-through came when workers were able to get the steel into alignment early this morning, which led to successful stress tests.

Large trucks are being put in position to do final stress tests, and visual inspections have begun, Ney said.

If all goes well, there will be a final clean-up and California Highway Patrol inspection leading up to the bridge opening later today.

Ney said much of the heavy construction equipment has already been cleared, and some large contractor vehicles are being used for the stress tests. Inspectors are watching for vibrations in the repair work, and so far none have been detected.

Ney warned that although things look good, final inspections will dictate when the bridge re-opens.

“Safety is our priority,” Ney said. “Clearly we have taken our time with implementing this. All along had great participation with third
party reviews.”

He said Caltrans will likely do daily inspections once the bridge reopens by closing lanes during off-peak hours to examine the entire system.
 

 

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