Bay Bridge Work on Schedule – Opening of New Span Still Set for Tuesday Morning

August 31, 2013 13:00 pm · 12 comments

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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1 Cowellian August 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM

But what have they done with the Troll?

2 The Closer August 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM

@ Cowellian

According to the CCTimes the have not decided yet. Either it’s going on the new bridge or a museum.

3 Connie August 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Oh, it must go on the bridge. That is his whole purpose.

4 Cap'n Nick August 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Cowellian, the troll is still there. The billy goats are on strike.

5 Atticus Thraxx August 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Slow news day huh Mayor?

6 CLAYCORD.com August 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Thanks Atticus.

7 Jojo Potato August 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

So how much did it cost to put the temporary bike path on that still doesn’t allow access to treasure island? Bikers who think this is such a great idea should go down to Union City and take the bike path across the Dumbarton bridge. It’s noisy and smelly and loud. Not something anyone would do for pleasure. I await the traffic counts on the new bike path. Should be similar to the traffic on the Alameda to South city ferry. On this run, the tax payers are kicking in about $100 per trip.

8 Laura Zah August 31, 2013 at 8:57 PM
9 Laura Zah August 31, 2013 at 9:03 PM
10 piny August 31, 2013 at 9:07 PM

oh well, fine. Guess I’ll have to wait for the span. Bart it is for now.

11 Not only is th enew bridge the largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world...... September 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

the Yerba Buena Tunnel is the Largest diameter tunnel in the World.

12 Teacher Wannabe September 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

So… I’ll be able to ride my bike across the bridge into the city like the golden gate has?

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