The New San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge
On September 2, 2013, the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic. Watch the bridge's construction from start to finish in this time lapse video, which compresses nearly six years of around-the-clock construction activity into a dizzying four minutes.
Palm Trees Arrive on the New East SpanCrews have begun planting a new group of the Canary Island Date palms along the Oakland approach of the new East Span. The palms, which arrived full-grown, were selected for their aesthetic similarity to the faceted light poles along the bridge. The trees can grow up to 50 feet tall, and are well-suited to withstand the Bay Area’s marine environment. A total of 30 trees will eventually be added.
Summer hours: From May 26 until September 1, the pathway where the Shellmound St. and Burma Rd. trailheads converge and travel along the bridge will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.
For public safety during demolition, crews have installed a gate 1/4 mile east of the current end of the bicycle and pedestrian path (see Bay Bridge Trail map). This gate will be closed Monday-Friday and the occasional Saturday.
Department of Transportation Announces Advertisement for RFQThe Department of Transportation announces the advertisement of Request For Qualifications (RFQ), a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) contract, for the removal of the marine foundations of the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge east span. Click here to view the advertised RFQ.
Contract Information and Constructability WorkshopOn May 22, 2014, the Toll Bridge Program, Caltrans District 4 held a Contract Information and Constructability Workshop for the dismantling of the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge superstructure. Meeting materials and resources for attendees are available here.
Reflections on the Bay Bridge
During its exhibit Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay, the Oakland Museum of California collected the public's own stories about what the Bay Bridge means to them. A sampling of these responses can be seen here. Hands-on educational models and bridge displays from the OMCA exhibit are now housed at the Public Information Office (PIO) for visitors, young and old, to explore. For more information about visiting the Bay Bridge and the PIO, check out our visitor's page.
Documents and Reports
Public safety has always been the driving factor behind building the new East Span of the Bay Bridge. Over the years, the project has encountered challenges that we overcame as we strived to deliver a seismically safe and resilient bridge that will withstand the next massive earthquake. To review documents about the building of this bridge and the issues the project encountered, please visit the following pages: Bay Bridge Documents Quality Assurance Rod Fix and Testing
Lane and ramp closure schedule for Thursday (07/31/14) night to Friday (8/01/14) evening:
Thursday (07/31/14) night to Friday (8/01/14) morning:
Friday (8/01/14) day:
5 a.m. to 5 p.m., north shoulder will be closed
5:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., one lane will be closed
6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., north shoulder will be closed
Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr. Governor
Brian Kelly, Secretary,
California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)
Carl Guardino Chair, California
Amy Rein Worth Chair, Bay Area Toll Authority
TOLL BRIDGE PROGRAM OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Steve Heminger TBPOC Chair, Executive Director,
Bay Area Toll Authority
Andre Boutros Executive Director, California Transportation Commission
Malcolm Dougherty Director, Caltrans