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CHP probing whether Bay Bridge critics were muzzled New eastern span of Bay Bridge open  Eastern Span: Lt. Gov. Gavin News performed the ceremonial chain cutting at the newly refurbished toll plaza with help from SF Mayo and Oakland Mayor Work moving quickly on new Bay Bridge span. Eastern Span Caltrans: Bay Bridge construction going 'very well' Bay Bridge closed; transition to new span underway   The bridge is closed in both directions as crews begin the transitioning to the new eastern span; To remain closed through Labor Day weekend New Bay Bridge span set to open on September 3 Bay Bridge eastern span opening delayed. Eastern Span Caltrans ordered tests for Bay Bridge bolts in 2008 Cost of fixing faulty Bay Bridge bolts unclear Crane falls over on new eastern span of Bay Bridge. Eastern Span Dumbarton Bridge closed Labor Day weekend Dumbarton Bridge to reopen early at 3 a.m. Bridge reopens early thanks to fair weather. Bay Bridge Bay Bridge crews to begin stringing cables Bridge Closes; Caltrans Begins Work. Bay Bridge New Benicia - Martinez Bridge Open Golden Gate Bridge opened   A suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco to Marin County San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened   A complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay The direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 240,000 vehicles a day
Last of the old Bay Bridge east span comes down. Eastern Span Caltrans implodes old Bay Bridge pier. Eastern Span San Mateo Bridge closed for weekend Golden Gate Bridge work finished early as barrier installed Golden Gate Bridge closed for median barrier installation


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Mar.28


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Nov.14
May.8
Jan.11
Jan.9
  The bridge shut down to private vehicles for 52 hours so workers can install a moveable median barrier designed to prevent head-on collisions


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Aug.5


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Sep.2
Sep.1
Aug.29
Aug.28
Aug.15
Jul.8
Apr.17
Mar.27
Feb.21


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Aug.31
May.28
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Aug.31
Aug.26

before year 2000
May. 27, 1937
Nov. 12, 1936



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Last of the old Bay Bridge east span comes down  Eastern Span: The last chunk of the old eastern half, which over the years carried 3 billion motorists to San Francisco, got hauled off to the junkyard Caltrans finds series of weak spots in Yerba Buena Tunnel. Bay Bridge Caltrans implodes old Bay Bridge pier   Eastern Span: Caltrans has completed the implosion of a pier of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge at 7 a.m. Saturday Bay Bridge pier implosion delayed until Nov. 14. Eastern Span San Mateo Bridge closed for weekend  All lanes of the San Mateo Bridge have closed for the weekend until Monday 5 a.m. for resurfacing and repair work Golden Gate Bridge work finished early as barrier installed  Drivers no longer need to avoid 'suicide lane', thanks to a new $30 million steel-and-concrete movable barrier separating the north and south lanes Bridge work on track for Monday reopening. Golden Gate Bridge Final barrier piece was put in place by crews. Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Bridge closed for median barrier installation


year 2017 Top ^

Mar.28


year 2016 Top ^

Oct.29  Caltrans implosed another section of original Bay Bridge
Jul.12  Westbound lanes of San Mateo Bridge closed 5 nights for repairs
May.12  Panel OKs $15 million plan to keep Bay Bridge rods from failing
Feb.22
Feb.4  Demolition of Bay Bridge's old eastern span reaches milestone


year 2015 Top ^

Nov.14
Nov.3
Oct.12  Experts urge quick action to protect Bay Bridge cable
Sep.24  Bay Bridge panel penalizes main contractor for construction woes
Jun.4  Steel rods that anchor span flooded with saltwater
May.10  San Mateo Bridge on schedule for Monday reopening
May.8
Jan.11
Jan.10
Jan.9
  The bridge shut down to private vehicles for 52 hours so workers can install a moveable median barrier designed to prevent head-on collisions


year 2014 Top ^

Nov.13  Bridge fix without dreaded steel plates Oct.19 Caltrans undo huge speed bump that slowed traffic. Bay Bridge Aug.28  Bay Bridge project's rainy-day money is nearly gone Aug.5 CHP probing whether Bay Bridge critics were muzzled  The state transportation secretary was concerned about reports that officials silenced engineers who called attention to shoddy work Apr.9 Bay Bridge lanes closed for emergency repair. Western Span Feb.10 Rain reveals leaks on Bay Bridge's new span. Eastern Span

year 2013 Top ^

Nov.12  Demolition of original Bay Bridge begins today Sep.18 Golden Gate Bridge barrier expected next year
Sep.3 Bay Bridge bike, pedestrian path opens New Bay Bridge span a big hit with commuters Sep.2 New eastern span of Bay Bridge open
  Eastern Span: Lt. Gov. Gavin News performed the ceremonial chain cutting at the newly refurbished toll plaza with help from SF Mayo and Oakland Mayor
 Many challenges faced during the project, technical issues like the broken bolts and political battles over the span's design that led to escalating cost
 Bay Bridge managers hoping for an early reopening Sep.1 Work moving quickly on new Bay Bridge span  Eastern Span: Round-the-clock work to open the new eastern span is proceeding smoothly and transportation officials are putting the finishing touches on a... Aug.31  Construction work on Bay Bridge moving smoothly Aug.30  Caltrans: Bay Bridge on schedule for Tuesday opening  Work on Bay Bridge remains on schedule Aug.29 Caltrans: Bay Bridge construction going 'very well'  A Caltrans spokesman reports that overnight construction work has gone 'very well" and everything is 'definitely on schedule' Aug.28 Bay Bridge closed; transition to new span underway
  The bridge is closed in both directions as crews begin the transitioning to the new eastern span; To remain closed through Labor Day weekend.    Last car crosses the 1936 version of Bay Bridge, endi...
Aug.20  Crews applying final touches to Bay Bridge Aug.15 New Bay Bridge span set to open on September 3  After decades of debate and years of construction, the newer and safer version of the Bay Bridge will finally become a reality in just a few... Jul.8 Bay Bridge eastern span opening delayed  Eastern Span: The problem-plagued new span will not be ready to open over Labor Day as scheduled - and possibly not until December - transportation officials... May.29  Bolt problem on bike path of new Bay Bridge May.13 Feds to probe repair work on bad Bay Bridge rods Apr.17 Caltrans ordered tests for Bay Bridge bolts in 2008  Caltrans documents show that the agency was worried about the now-broken bolts on the new Bay Bridge long before they actually failed Mar.27 Cost of fixing faulty Bay Bridge bolts unclear
  A construction defect that could prove to be a major safety setback, discovered in some large bolts that are supposed to help hold the bridge together Feb.21 Crane falls over on new eastern span of Bay Bridge   Eastern Span: A crane fell over while working on the new eastern span in the first significant construction accident at the site of the new spa

year 2012 Top ^

Sep.3 Dumbarton Bridge reopens ahead of schedule
Aug.31 Dumbarton Bridge closed Labor Day weekend   It will close Friday night and is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Caltrans will be replacing the Dumbarton Bridge's eastern seismic... May.28 Dumbarton Bridge to reopen early at 3 a.m.  Seismic work on the closed span of the Dumbarton Bridge is almost complete and the bridge is on track to reopen two hours early Feb.19 Bridge reopens early thanks to fair weather   Bay Bridge: Work crews finished paving and re-aligning the westbound lanes Sunday evening and began opening access to the bridge at around 7 p Feb.18  Bay Bridge construction running on schedule

year 2011 Top ^

Dec.19 Bay Bridge crews to begin stringing cables  This week construction crews will begin the process of stringing the new main cable that will cradle the single-tower suspension span Oct.28 New piece connects Bay Bridge span
Sep.5  Bridge cables get new paint job Mar.1  Suspension tower's 4th piece of 5 rising

year 2010 Top ^

Oct.25 Construction underway on new tower
. Eastern Span Feb.13  Plans Advance For Bridge Suicide Nets

year 2009 Top ^

Dec.22  Caltrans Completes Bridge Repair Dec.7 Bridge To Stay Open During Beam Repairs
. Bay Bridge Nov.2 Repairs Complete: Bay Bridge Reopens Oct.30 Bridge Fix To Continue Into Weekend. Bay Bridge Sep.19  Crews To Close Lanes, Inspect Repairs Sep.8 Bridge Reopens After Crack Fixed. Bay Bridge Sep.5 Crack Found May Delay Bridge Opening. Eastern Span

year 2007 Top ^

Sep.3 Bridge Is Back In Business
. Bay Bridge Sep.2  Bridge Repairs Progressing Smoothly Aug.31 Bridge Closes; Caltrans Begins Work  Bay Bridge: Caltrans began closing all onramps at 8 p.m. The crews have started the seismic retrofit operation that prompted the closure Aug.26 New Benicia - Martinez Bridge Open
  Motorists can pay their tolls without taking their feet off the gas. The $1.2 billion 1.6-mile long span features the region's first FasTrak lanes May.28 Bridge Celebrates Blustery Birthday. Golden Gate Bridge

year 2006 Top ^

Dec.7 Final Skyway Segment Placed
. Bay Bridge Jun.4 Eastban span had 10-hour closure. Bay Bridge Apr.23 Crews Dismantling Old Carquinez Bridge Apr.20  Contractor Named For Suspension Project Apr.18  $1.43 Billion Deal Should Complete Work Mar.22  Two Bids For Suspension Span

year 2005 Top ^

May.4 Feds: Bay Bridge Welds Not Faulty
. Eastern Span

year 2004 Top ^

Dec.10 Simpler Plan Chosen for Span
. Bay Bridge May.27 Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target. Bay Bridge

year 2002 Top ^

Jan.23  $1.04 billion contract
before year 2000
May. 27, 1937 Golden Gate Bridge opened
Map of Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
  A suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco to Marin County
Nov. 12, 1936 San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened Map of San Francisco%96Oakland Bay Bridge San Francisco
  A complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay The direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 240,000 vehicles a day