Demolition of the Original East Span
Now that traffic has been safely rerouted on to the new East Span, the original East Span, including the cantilever and truss structures, will be demolished. Demolition has begun, and workers have removed about 240 feet of the total 1,400-foot-long upper deck cantilever section to be removed by the end of the year. Early next year, workers will cut the cantilever in half and will begin dismantling the steel trusses. Demolition Factsheet
For the first time in history, pedestrians and cyclists have the chance to travel on the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. The 15.5-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path opened to the public at 12 p.m. on September 3.
NEW FALL/WINTER HOURS: From Nov. 1, 2013 until March 1, 2014, the pathway where the Shellmound St. and Burma Rd. trailheads converge and travel along the bridge (see Bay Bridge Trail map) will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The California Highway Patrol will begin clearing this section of the path at 4 p.m.
July 20, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Photographer Peter Stackpole’s collection of black-and-white images include over 20 captivating shots taken during construction of the original Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s.
Location: Oakland Museum of California
Palm Trees Arrive on the New East SpanCrews began planting the Canary Island date palms that will line 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.
The Bay Bridge Sets Two World Records!
The Guinness World Records has crowned the new East Span the widest bridge, with a total deck width of 258.33 feet (78.740 m), including 10 lanes of roadway, a 15.5-ft-wide (4.724-m) bike path and a gap where the central tower supports the two bridge deck sections.
The new bridge has also been honored with the title for longest self-anchored suspension span bridge in the world, with a length of 2,047 feet.
New Driving Experience
With the bridge now open to traffic, motorists are encountering a new driving experience, as traffic moves from the upper and lower decks of the original bridge to the parallel, side-by-side decks of the new East Span. The new side-by-side configuration opens up panoramic views of the San Francisco bay and the East Bay hills. From driving beneath a canopy of white suspender ropes to the wider road-decks with shoulders on either side, a drive across the new East Span is nothing like it used to be. Motorists are urged to drive safely and keep their eyes on the road, and let their passengers enjoy the much more picturesque ride.
Motorists should also be aware of the new temporary eastbound on-ramp from Yerba Buena Island. While the permanent on-ramp is under construction, drivers should pay attention to the stop sign and the shorter acceleration lane that guide them into existing traffic.
A small scale event was held to commemorate the opening of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. After an opening program at the Bridge Yard, a traditional chain-cutting ceremony was held at the Toll Plaza, followed by the inaugural procession of vehicles across the new bridge.
Today's Bay Bridge ramp and lane closure times are APPROXIMATE. Please continue to check this site for the most up-to-date information. This page is updated daily by 4 p.m.
Lane and ramp closure schedule for Wednesday (12/04/13) night to Thursday (12/05/13) morning:
Wednesday (12/04/13) night to Thursday (12/05/13) morning:
No closures are scheduled.
6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Left side shoulder will be closed.
6 a.m. to 2 p.m., one lane will be closed.
Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr. Governor
Brian Kelly, Secretary,
California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)
Dario Frommer 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