The new eastern span replacement of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened Monday night at 10 p.m. It’s been a long time coming. Built between 2002 and 2013, it was originally scheduled to open in 2007 but due to several delays it opened to Labor Day traffic just a couple of days ago. It cost four times the original price at a whopping $6.4 billion dollars! It’s the largest public works project in California history.
With two major sections – the western span between San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island and the eastern span between Yerba Buena Island to Oakland, it was the eastern span to Oakland that became the subject of concern after the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. This new replacement is engineered to withstand the largest earthquake expected over a 1500 year period and is expected to last 150 years with proper maintenance. An unheard-of bike path will be open soon as well, making it even more fun to cross.
I’ve been driving over this bridge for most of my life and watched videos of the eastern span collapsing during the earthquake. To see a brand-new and safe section from my side of the bay to San Francisco is nothing short of awesome.