September 2, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its final piece of safety hardware installed: a bearded, spindly legged troll.
Bay Area Toll Authority spokesman John Goodwin tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the troll - a statue forged by an unknown artist - was installed at an unknown location.
The troll is meant to be a good luck charm, and is modeled after a similar statue placed surreptitiously by a steelworker on the old span after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
The original troll was removed from its perch on Labor Day, and will likely be housed in a museum or park.
A photograph shows the new troll statue holding a hammer in one hand and an axe in the other.
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