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article imageWorkers find crack in the San Fransisco Bay Bridge

By Jay David Murphy     Sep 7, 2009 in Travel
The San Fransisco Bay Bridge hits a re-opening snag and will not be ready until Wednesday after workers found a massive crack during a weekend retrofit project that will affect a quarter of a million commuters.
The San Fransisco Bay Bridge is going to remain closed due to delays in the seismic retrofit project that started on Thursday.
The project required removing and replacing a 300-foot-long 3,200-ton section of the double-deck portion of the bridge of the east span that is 150-feet above Yerba Buena Island.
The plan is to put a new 3,600 ton double-deck section in place of the old one which will connect the bridge with a new half-mile-long detour connecting the East Span to the YBI Tunnel.
This move will allow crews to demolish a portion of the original bridge and build a new permanent connection from the tunnel to the new East Span.
The re-opening is being pushed back because workers found a large crack that they are assuming appeared after an inspection two years ago.
In a quote from Associated Press, Randy Iwasaki, director of the California DOT said, “We are going to need your patience to for one more day until essential repairs are completed.” He went on to say they expect the bridge work to be complete by 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Approximately a quarter of million vehicles that use the bridge daily will be affected while the re-opening of the 73-year-old bridge gets some extra unanticipated repairs that are needed to complete the temporary section. The new section will be in use when the bridge make-over is completed in 2013.
In the same AP story, Sgt. Tren Cross, spokesperson for the CHP Golden Gate Division said, “If you’re commuting and normally it takes you about half hour, give yourself at least an hour.”
Once completed the east-west traffic will be slowed down to 40-mph.
Until the bridge is re-opened commuters are being encouraged to plan to take different routes by officials.
During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake a 50-foot section of the bridge collapsed.
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