September 17, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Commuters may soon know whether the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open as scheduled on Labor Day.
Transportation officials are scheduled to provide an update on Wednesday morning about plans for seismic safety rods on the span that broke while being tightened in March. The update is expected at a meeting scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.
Officials have previously said even a fix for the 32 bolts that failed could take months, threatening to push back the $6.3 billion span's opening. But they have also been looking into whether rods that haven't failed should be replaced nonetheless.
The rods connect steel earthquake safety devices to the deck of the bridge and a large concrete cap.
The new bridge is replacing a span damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
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