Caltrans: Repairs on Bay Bridge, $3M, 4 Months

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    Caltrans crews started repairing the Bay Bridge fenders on Tuesday, which were damaged on Jan. 7 when an oil tanker scraped it on its way out to sea. (Published Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013)

    Caltrans crews started repairing the Bay Bridge fenders on Tuesday, which were damaged on Jan. 7 when an oil tanker scraped it on its way out to sea.

    The fender system - made of steel and recycled plastic - absorbed the impact, as it was designed to do, Caltrans said, and the main pier sustained no structural damage. 

    Raw Video: Overseas Reymar Cleared to Sail

    [BAY] Raw Video: Overseas Reymar Cleared to Sail
    After an oil tanker nicked the base of the Bay Bridge on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard allowed the Overseas Reymar to set sail on Friday, which it did, without any apparent problems. (Published Friday, Jan 11, 2013)

    Still, Caltrans budgeted up to $3 million for the project, which is expected to last about four and a half months.

    The tanker was cleared to go to sail on Jan. 11, and the federal investigation why the bar pilot nicked the fenders in the first place is still continuing. 

    Tanker Accident May Help Close Bay Bridge Loophole

    [BAY] Tanker Accident May Help Close Bay Bridge Loophole
    An environmental group is seeking to close a loophole in best maritime practices, a day after an oil tanker nicked the base of the Bay Bridge. Deb Self, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, noted that the Bay Bridge is not on a list of nine "critical maneuvering areas," where industry standards advise that large vessels greater than 1,600 tons should not be when the visibility is less than half a mile. Arturo Santiago reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013)

    Here is a video of the Coast Guard response to the tanker nicking the bridge.


     

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