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
For the first time in history, pedestrians and cyclists have the chance to travel across the new East Span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. Two-thirds of the Bay Bridge Trail opened to the public on September 3, 2013, allowing visitors to traverse just past the span's 525-foot signature tower. Before the pathway can be extended the 2.2 miles between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island, contractors must dismantle a portion of the original bridge that sits in the way.
NEW FALL/WINTER HOURS: From Nov. 1, 2013 until March 15, 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.
Left Coast Lifter Arrives in New York
The massive shear leg crane barge that helped build the Bay Bridge's suspension span arrived in New York Harbor on Jan. 30 to work on the Tappan Zee Bridge project. The crane barge was known as the Left Coast Lifter due to it being the largest of its kind on the West Coast. The Lifter left the Bay Bridge on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 22 for a month and a half long trek of 5,700 nautical miles to Tarrytown, N.Y., which included passing through the Panama Canal. Suspension span prime contractor American Bridge/Fluor owns the crane barge and will be using it on the Tappan Zee Bridge. For more information about the Left Coast Lifter, read the press release about its arrival in 2009.
Yerba Buena Island Ramps Project Begins in 2014New westbound off- and on-ramps at Yerba Buena Island, just before the Yerba Buena Island Tunnel, will be built starting in January 2014 and are expected to be completed by the summer of 2016. While drivers have traditionally exited onto the island from the left side of the westbound deck, the ramps will be built on the right side. The project is being managed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. More information
Permanent Fix for Broken Bolts InstalledCrews have successfully installed the permanent steel saddle fix for the broken bolts at Pier E2. The steel saddle system is designed to replace the broken bolts, providing an equal clamping force that will hold down seismic devices during an earthquake. View photos of the installation here.
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 1,400 feet of the cantilever's upper deck. Crews are now removing 600 feet of the lower deck. Early next year, workers will cut the cantilever in half and will begin dismantling the steel trusses. Demolition Factsheet
February 1 – June 8, 2014
Location: De Young Museum
Celebrating the completion of the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, this exhibition presents a newly acquired group of photographs by Peter Stackpole documenting the bridge’s original construction in the 1930s.
Lane and ramp closure schedule for Friday (03/07/14) night to Monday (03/10/14) morning:
Friday (03/07/14) night to Saturday (03/08/14) morning:
No closures are scheduled.
Sunday (03/09/14) night to Monday (03/10/14) morning:
No closures are scheduled.
Monday (03/10/14) day:
6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., North side shoulder will be closed.
6 a.m. to 2 p.m., two lanes 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