New SF-Oakland Bay Bridge on track to open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Decades after part of the old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed in a 1989 earthquake, and following billions of dollars in cost overruns and other problems, a new eastern span is set to open this week.

The $6.4 billion bridge is one of the costliest public works projects in California history. Workers recently applied a temporary fix to dozens of defective rods used to anchor the roadway to important earthquake safety structures. A permanent fix should be done by December.

The self-anchored suspension bridge with a looming, single white tower was designed to endure 150 years and withstand the strongest earthquake estimated to occur at the site over a 1,500-year period.

Steve Heminger, head of the project’s watchdog group, said the span is orders of magnitude safer than the current crossing, which was patched up and continued operating, though considered seismically unsafe. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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