Thanks to Detours, New Bay Bridge East Span to Open in 2013
The above photo clearly shows how the existing Bay Bridge touchdown
in Oakland is in the way of the eastbound deck of the new East Span;
by shifting the existing roadways slightly south, Caltrans will be
able to make way for the completion of the new Oakland touchdown. The image below shows the entire expanse of the new East Span, from the west end at Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the Bay (at bottom of photo), to the touchdown in Oakland (at top of photo). To the right is the existing East Span.
February 17, 2011
“We want seismic safety sooner,” said Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney. “By realigning traffic now, we can accelerate construction and open the Bay Bridge to all motorists in 2013.”
The original bridge’s westbound lanes on the Oakland side are directly in the path of yet-to-be-constructed eastbound lanes of the new span, along a 1,000-foot-long stretch of road known as the Oakland Touchdown. The previous opening plan involved shifting westbound traffic to the new span in 2013, and then taking an additional four to six months to demolish the conflicting structure and finish the new eastbound roadway. The plan announced today entails implementing detours for the next two years – eastbound traffic will begin using the detour in May 2011 and the westbound shift will occur in early 2012. The detours allow construction crews to work between the existing and new bridges to complete the eastbound Oakland Touchdown over the next two and a half years.
“There will be no full bridge closure associated with the eastbound alignment change in May,” said Ney. “Caltrans is still investigating whether a closure will be necessary for the westbound alignment change in 2012.”
The East Span project is being overseen by the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC), made up of MTC’s Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission (CTC).
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