Daytime view of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco seen from Yerba Buena Island
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - State transportation officials are warning travelers to find alternate routes around the San Francisco Bay Area next week through Labor Day weekend while workers ready the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The California Department of Transportation said in a statement Wednesday that travelers and commuters should also allow extra time however they choose to travel while the bridge is closed.
The closure is planned for Wednesday night Aug. 28 through early Tuesday morning Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day.
Federal officials gave their approval and local officials voted unanimously last week to approve a temporary fix for broken seismic safety bolts that have delayed the opening of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span.
The vote cleared the way for the span's reopening around Labor Day
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