SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Plans to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as scheduled on Labor Day are getting a boost.
Federal officials have signed off on a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the span that could allow for the Labor Day opening.
In an Aug. 9 letter, a Federal Highway Administration official says he sees no reason to delay opening the bridge to traffic while the permanent fix is completed. The letter was signed by Vincent Mammano, a division administrator with the FHA and sent to Steve Heminger, head of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee.
Heminger has said the temporary fix involves installing steel plates into the area of the broken bolts to help prevent movement during an earthquake.
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