Friday, August 16, 2013

Planning to drive across the Bay Bridge Labor Day Weekend? Think again

San Francisco Chronicle/John Widermuth, 8/15/13.  "New east span of Bay Bridge to open September 3rd."

Suspension Bridge
Bay Bridge East Span will be closed 6 days
Closed Wednesday, 8/28/13, 8 PM
Reopened Tuesday, 9/03/13, 5 AM
"The new east span of the Bay Bridge will open after Labor Day weekend, an oversight committee decided Thursday morning - a decision that will require the bridge to close for five days beginning Aug. 28.  Officials said the bridge would close at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 and reopen at 5 a.m. Sept. 3.

....  The move came just days after federal officials gave their approval for a temporary plan to shore up the snapped high-strength steel rods that hold seismic stability structures together. Three independent authorities also found that the fix is more than adequate to allow traffic to move onto the new bridge while the permanent retrofit is completed, which is expected to be done by December.  "We see no reason to delay the opening of the bridge to traffic," said Vincent Mammano of the Federal Highway Administration."    Read article.

Reference Bridge Pros, "Bay Bridge East Span", Caltrans photo/graphic from this "Bay Bridge East Span" early overview and project website.   And, California Department of  Transportation.

Related article - CBS News, 8/15/13, "Bay Bridge set to open around Labor Day Weekend."  "Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned." 

Posted  by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The authorities were shocked when they opened the bids on the proposed tower portion, as there was only a single bid and it was considerably more expensive (US$1.4 billion) than their estimate ($780 million), partially because of a rise in the cost of steel and concrete. As both concrete and structural steel are now commodities within the worldwide market, the prices were much higher than expected because of a concurrent building boom throughout China. (China was then consuming 40 percent of worldwide cement production.[23]) Another qualified potential bidder did not bid due to construction uncertainties owing to the innovative design—another likely contribution to the very high bid. The entire project, which will require 100,000 tons of structural steel, is now expected to cost $6.2 billion (as of July 2005), up from a 1997 estimate of $1.1 billion (for a simple viaduct) and a March 2003 estimate of $2.6 billion that included a tower span.