California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) demolition crews began bay bridge demolition of the final section of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge Tuesday, removing the last remnants of a structure that graced the San Francisco Bay skyline for more than 80 years.
The 288-ft truss is the last of 19 that once supported two miles of roadway connecting San Francisco with the East Bay communities from Yerba Buena Island.
The 1.7 million-lb piece of the old span of the bay bridge demolition will be sectioned off and carefully lowered to a barge then taken to Oakland for recycling. The bay bridge demolition removal of the ‘high steel’ is being completed more than 2 years ahead of schedule.
Bridge demolition teams will now concentrate on removing the remaining concrete pedestals that supported the trusses. Implosions of those pedestals will begin in the fall.
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