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Bay Bridge Work May Be Distracting

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 25, 2010

This week's work on the $1.6 billion self-anchored suspension span should include some pretty spectacular views of cranes lifting massive towers into place.

"Spectacular because the piece that we're lifting is 107 feet tall and we're lifting it over 300 feet in the air."

Bart Ney with Caltrans says westbound drivers heading into San Francisco will be able to see the work as they approach an S-curve at the bridge. And there'll be a lot of westbound drivers this week.

"We expect quite a bit of traffic with the World Series coming here to the Bay Area. By Wednesday we hope to be well into it. This operation is going around the clock, 24-hours a day, two 12-hour shifts."

Ney is urging drivers to stay focused on the road. Crews are expected to have the towers in place by Thursday. The self-anchored suspension span is part of a project to seismically retrofit the bridge.

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