First piece of new bridge tower installed 

The first piece of a 525-foot tower that will be the centerpiece of the new iconic Bay Bridge’s self-anchored suspension span was set in place Wednesday.

The self-anchored suspension bridge, a sweeping structure that will be the largest of its kind when completed, has been hailed by bridge officials as the premiere piece of the at-times-controversial new eastern span, a $6.2 billion undertaking that is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.

The 2,047-foot section, which will connect motorists from the Oakland skyway to Yerba Buena Island, will be the largest self-anchored suspension span in the world. Unlike normal suspension bridges, which have two cables, the self-anchored section will have just one cable that wraps around the width of the structure.

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