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VIDEO: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens on Labor Day

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On September 3, 2013 @ 12:15 pm In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: CalTrans) [1]

(Photo: Caltrans [2])

Despite an announcement earlier this summer [3] that the East Span of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge would not open as scheduled on Labor Day, the $6.4 billion span began carrying drivers late Monday night, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee [4].

The 2,047-foot span has been under construction for more than a decade. The project has been criticized for problems with its design, budget, timeliness and more [5], but it has also garnered praise for becoming the world’s largest self-anchored suspension (SAS) bridge [6].



Check out the video to the right to see a 4-minute time lapse of more than 42,000 hours of construction of the bridge.

CBS News reported [7] that, following a five-day closure of the bridge, the California Highway Patrol conducted a final security check and toll takers went back to work on Monday night, while cars lined up hours before the reopening.

Cars began lining up around 5:30 p.m. at the West Grand Avenue entrance of the span, according to Mercury News [8]. And by 8:30 p.m., 15 cars and 10 motorcycles were waiting to cross the newly-reopened bridge.

The first cars began crossing the bridge at about 10:15 p.m., CBS News reported.

Prior to the closure, the bridge had been estimated to reopen at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

According to CBS San Francisco [9], a large public celebration — complete with more than 100,000 people, fireworks, a half marathon and a concert — had been originally planned for the reopening. However, the celebration didn’t occur (mostly due to delays and costs associated with the 11-year construction of the span), and, rather than the governor, California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom led the private chain-cutting ceremony.

In addition to the SAS, the bridge includes upgrades such as a side-by-side configuration, wider road decks with shoulders on either side, a 15.5-foot-wide bike/pedestrian path and a new lighting system.  More details about the bridge are available at baybridgeinfo.org [2].

While it’s been deemed safe to use, the East Span of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge still needs more work, according to The Sacramento Bee‘s report. The span is slated for completion in December.

VIDEO: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens on Labor Day

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On September 3, 2013 @ 12:15 pm In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: CalTrans) [1]

(Photo: Caltrans [2])

Despite an announcement earlier this summer [3] that the East Span of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge would not open as scheduled on Labor Day, the $6.4 billion span began carrying drivers late Monday night, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee [4].

The 2,047-foot span has been under construction for more than a decade. The project has been criticized for problems with its design, budget, timeliness and more [5], but it has also garnered praise for becoming the world’s largest self-anchored suspension (SAS) bridge [6].



Check out the video to the right to see a 4-minute time lapse of more than 42,000 hours of construction of the bridge.

CBS News reported [7] that, following a five-day closure of the bridge, the California Highway Patrol conducted a final security check and toll takers went back to work on Monday night, while cars lined up hours before the reopening.

Cars began lining up around 5:30 p.m. at the West Grand Avenue entrance of the span, according to Mercury News [8]. And by 8:30 p.m., 15 cars and 10 motorcycles were waiting to cross the newly-reopened bridge.

The first cars began crossing the bridge at about 10:15 p.m., CBS News reported.

Prior to the closure, the bridge had been estimated to reopen at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

According to CBS San Francisco [9], a large public celebration — complete with more than 100,000 people, fireworks, a half marathon and a concert — had been originally planned for the reopening. However, the celebration didn’t occur (mostly due to delays and costs associated with the 11-year construction of the span), and, rather than the governor, California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom led the private chain-cutting ceremony.

In addition to the SAS, the bridge includes upgrades such as a side-by-side configuration, wider road decks with shoulders on either side, a 15.5-foot-wide bike/pedestrian path and a new lighting system.  More details about the bridge are available at baybridgeinfo.org [2].

While it’s been deemed safe to use, the East Span of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge still needs more work, according to The Sacramento Bee‘s report. The span is slated for completion in December.


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/09/san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge.jpg

[2] Caltrans: http://baybridgeinfo.org

[3] an announcement earlier this summer: http://baybridgeinfo.org/sites/default/files/pdf/TBPOC%20Release%20July%208%202013_0.pdf

[4] according to a report from The Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/02/5700569/sf-oakland-bay-bridge-still-on.html

[5] has been criticized for problems with its design, budget, timeliness and more: http://www.equipmentworld.com/san-francisco-oakland-troubled-bridge-over-water/

[6] the world’s largest self-anchored suspension (SAS) bridge: http://www.equipmentworld.com/photos-crews-construct-worlds-largest-self-anchored-suspension-bridge/

[7] CBS News reported: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57601030/new-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-opens-tad-early/

[8] according to Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/traffic/ci_24001507/bay-bridge-opens-traffic-after-an-11-year

[9] CBS San Francisco: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/09/02/new-bay-bridge-will-reopen-monday-night/

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