Bay Bridge to Shut Down Next Week
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The Bay Bridge is to shut down next week, beginning the evening of Wednesday, August 28. Work crews are expected to spend five days putting finishing touches on the new eastern span, the largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world.
During a media tour of the almost-complete westbound deck on Tuesday, Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon described the work that will take place.
"During the bridge closure," he said, "they're going to be working to connect in the bridge at the east end by the toll plaza, and at the west end by the tunnel. And mostly that means paving a new path from the new bridge onto those two locations. And they'll be doing a little demolition on the west bound approach, so that they can put in a temporary connector for the bike path."
That bike path, however, won't likely be open by September 3, and Gordon said it may take more time to connect the path to Yerba Buena Island.
That's one of several details Bay Area drivers and other bridge users need to be aware of when the new bridge opens.
What are some of the features of the bridge that will change the overall driving experience?
KQED's Stephanie Martin spoke with KQED reporter Andrew Stelzer, one of the reporters who had access to the Bay Bridge on Tuesday.