Oakland Bay Bridge: Open Again—and Finally Done!

| September 5, 2013

New steel on the Bay Bridge replaced original riveted “laced members.” (Photo: Caltrans)

New steel on the Bay Bridge replaced original riveted “laced members.” (Photo: Caltrans)

The main thoroughfare to get across the bay from San Francisco to Oakland, California, had been completely closed since Wednesday, August 28, so the final touches could be finished on the new 2.2-mile span from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

A man works on temporary bearings on shearkey. (Photo: Caltrans)

A man works on temporary bearings on shearkey. (Photo: Caltrans)

The bridge, which was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, reopened to traffic on September 2, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The span’s bike and pedestrian path opened to the public the following day.

The bridge rehab was a $6.4-billion project that was “marred by delays and cost overruns,” according to the Los Angeles Times report, and took more than a decade to complete.

To view construction cams of the project, go to baybridgeinfo.org/construction-cams.

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