Bay Bridge Bolts to Take Another Month Longer to Fix

By Associated Press
|  Thursday, Nov 7, 2013  |  Updated 2:07 PM PDT
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Bay Bridge Bolts to Take Another Month Longer to Fix

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill heads under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on their way back to their base after both race 11 and 12 of the America's Cup Finals against Emirates Team New Zealand were postposed due to high winds on September 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The Contra Costa Times reports that work the $23 million custom steel saddles designed to carry seismic loads originally intended for the defective anchor rods is behind schedule and will be fully operational by January 8.

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Caltrans spokesman Andrew Gordon says workers had hoped to be done by December 10, they say fabrication was very complex and took longer than expected.

The temporary shims, which allowed officials to open the new span on Labor Day, will remain in place until the saddles are installed.

The work on the fix below the decks will not impede traffic.

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