New bridge opens in San Francisco
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 14:09
The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened its lanes Monday after over a decade of construction. The new span is apart of a reconstruction project started in 2002.
The bridge opened 7 hours ahead of schedule, according to SFGate. It was supposed to open at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, but construction crews toiled until the final preparations allowed the bridge to open at 10:15 p.m. Monday.
Motorist Sirj Gish stated the beauty of the bridge as he was one of the first to cross the bridge.
"When you come around that curve and go under the wires, it's cathedral-like," Gish said. "It was pretty breathtaking."
Now that the new span is open, construction crews are already hard at work reconstructing bike paths on the western span, a project totaled at over $1 billion.
Executive Director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition Renee Rivera said that the cost is worth it to many who live in the area.
"While it's a lot of money, it will create a lot of new capacity on the bridge," Rivera said.
Bicycles and pedestrians are currently not allowed on the bridge, and the new construction hopes to change that.