First sections of new Bay Bridge towers to arrive this weekend 

The vision of a scenic 525-foot-tall tower rising above Bay waters — the signature feature for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge — nears as the first tower sections are set to arrive from China this weekend.

The pieces, each 150-feet-tall and weighing 1,433 tons, are set to connect to the foundation of the bridge and will arrive either Friday or Saturday in the Port of Oakland, Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney said.

They were shipped out of Shanghai, China, on June 18, he said.

“It’s one of our biggest milestones on the bridge,” Ney said.

Drivers can already see the initial stages of the signature span above Bay waters. However, the tower itself won’t begin to rise to the skies until after more sections arrive in August, Ney said.

The first sections arriving this weekend will be inspected and moved onto a barge to the construction site two weeks later, he said.

A dozen of the new bridge’s 28 deck sections are already in place, having arrived in January, Ney said. More are on the way from China in the coming weeks and months.

The new eastern span of the bridge is scheduled to open by the end of 2013, he said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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