Demolition of old Bay Bridge span postponed

MIKE KOOZMIN/2013 S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTOBay Bridge officials said a suicide deterrent structure was not determined as a requirement at the time the new span design was approved.

The night before demolition of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge was set to begin, officials put it on hold.

“The contractor has indicated that the debris containment system is not completely in place, so the demolition schedule is being updated and initial work will not begin on Wednesday, Nov. 6,” stated an email to media from the Bay Bridge Public Information Office at 7:42 p.m. Tuesday.

“Demolition is not starting tomorrow,” Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon confirmed in an email to The San Francisco Examiner.

Phase one of the dismantling entails removing 1,400 feet of the upper deck of the cantilever section just east of Yerba Buena Island, a six-week process. That will likely start later this week or early next week, officials said.

A couple of inches of asphalt from the upper deck of the cantilever have already been removed in preparation. Staging for the demolition began as soon as the new east span opened on Labor Day weekend.

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