Construction crews have made significant progress ahead of the opening of the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span, which is expected to open at 5 a.m. Tuesday as scheduled, a bridge project spokesman said today.
“We are on schedule, work is going very well, but people should still plan for a 5 a.m. Tuesday opening,” spokesman Andrew Gordon said.
Meanwhile, crews are working around the clock to remove a 1,000-foot portion of the bridge’s original westbound deck in order to put in a temporary wooden bike and pedestrian connector path on the Oakland side of the bridge, Gordon said.
Crews hope to begin installing the path late tonight or early Sunday morning, and it should be ready for the public around noon on Tuesday, said Greg Allen, project manager with MCM Construction.
The temporary connector will not allow access into Treasure Island.
A permanent bike and footpath on the eastern span should be completed by early 2015, Gordon said.
Workers today are also cleaning the inside of the upper deck tunnel and replacing the bridge’s lights with LED lights.
Crews have already completed all paving work in the tunnel, Gordon said.
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