Demolition of old Bay Bridge span postponed 

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  • An aeriel view of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The night before demolition of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge was set to begin, officials put it on hold.

“The contractor has indicated that the debris containment system is not completely in place, so the demolition schedule is being updated and initial work will not begin on Wednesday, Nov. 6,” stated an email to media from the Bay Bridge Public Information Office at 7:42 p.m. Tuesday.

“Demolition is not starting tomorrow,” Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon confirmed in an email to The San Francisco Examiner.

Phase one of the dismantling entails removing 1,400 feet of the upper deck of the cantilever section just east of Yerba Buena Island, a six-week process. That will likely start later this week or early next week, officials said.

A couple of inches of asphalt from the upper deck of the cantilever have already been removed in preparation. Staging for the demolition began as soon as the new east span opened on Labor Day weekend.

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Jessica Kwong covers transportation, housing, and ethnic communities, among other topics, for the San Francisco Examiner. She covered City Hall as a fellow for the San Francisco Chronicle, night cops and courts for the San Antonio Express-News, general news for Spanish-language newspapers La Opinión and El Mensajero,... more
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