California Terminates Bay Bridge's Design

Rosta, Paul
December 2004
ENR: Engineering News-Record;12/20/2004, Vol. 253 Issue 24, p12
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This article reports that California is taking the extraordinary step of discarding the signature design for a self-anchored suspension bridge on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's east span. In a move the state hopes will save up to $500 million, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to substitute an extension of a concrete viaduct similar to the adjacent 1.1-mile-long "Skyway," now 65% complete. But the plan faces opposition from Bay Area residents and from skeptical state lawmakers, who must approve a new design and funding when the Democrat-controlled legislature returns next month. It will examine the California Department of Transportation's argument that switching to a conventional concrete segmental box girder design will gain promised cost savings and enable completion by 2012, the original date for finishing the self-anchored suspension span.


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