Daytime view of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco seen from Yerba Buena Island
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews will install a temporary fix for broken seismic safety bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while long-term repairs are being conducted, but officials are still not sure if the short-term work will allow the span to open Labor Day weekend.
California Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Gordon said Friday that the agency had ordered steel plates that will be wedged into bearings that connect to the roadway.
These wedged-in plates, or "shims," would keep the roadway bearings from moving in the event an earthquake strikes while crews are working on the permanent repair for the faulty 17-foot seismic safety bolts.
While the plates will likely be installed by Labor Day, a decision on whether the span can be opened then will come after independent review of the work.