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Crews start paving new section of Bay Bridge

Friday, July 12, 2013
New eastern span of the Bay Bridge Broken Bay Bridge bolt

It remains unclear when the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will open, but crews doing roadwork are sticking to their schedule.

On Friday they started paving the self-anchored suspension span on the bridges newly built eastern span.

They're doing two-layers of inch-thick specialized asphalt. It's a highly durable material that's easy to fix.

"It should last the lifetime of the bridge, which is 150 years," Bay Bridge spokesperson Andrew Gordon said. "There will be routine maintenance as there will be on all parts of the bridge. But as I heard someone say, it should outlast us all."

The bridge was scheduled to open Labor Day weekend. But inspectors found faulty bolts that need to be fixed.

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