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Submitted by on 1, September 8, 2009 – 6:39 amOne Comment
A "TwitPic" of the damage (don't ask)

Sounds like work crews were able to re-open the Bay Bridge about a half hour ago, two hours behind their original schedule but nearly a day ahead of what the folks at Caltrans said it would take them to fix a cracked steel “eyebar” link in the East Span.

Caltrans is telling commuters to check 511.org for transit and transportation updates.

The bridge had been closed Thursday night so crews could cut out a 300-foot section of the East Span and replace it with a temporary detour so they can finish putting the permanent span in place. The original plan was to reopen it at 5 a.m. today, but that was put on hold so crews could fix the cracked link.

You can catch the whole story, with video simulations of your drive and Twitter updates, on the Bay Bridge Info website.

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  • jon Spangler says:

    According to the radio reports I heard all day long, the "eyebar" repair went just about as smoothly as anyone on the bridge repair team could imagine it would.

    Of course, it was more than very helpful that every possible engineer, machinist, welder, ironworker, and/or inspector was already on hand for the big bridge-section-swapping operation over the weekend, too. Every possible vendor and a chartered 737 jet were available and standing by for just such a contingency as this unexpected crack that showed up during the bridge inspection.

    All in all, I would say that everyone at CalTrans and all the contractors involved earned their keep and then some this weekend. am more than awed by the pace at which these last two section-swapping sessions have gone. Very grateful, too…

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