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Winds Could Push Bay Bridge Closure

Planned closure for Labor Day weekend contingent on weather

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    The long-awaited eastern span will be open for business once the work is complete.

    Crews are working overtime to get everything ready for a Labor Day event that will effect tens if not hundreds of thousands of people.

    No, not Burning Man, you hippy.

    The Bay Bridge renovation requires that the section of I-80 connecting San Francisco to Oaklandwill be closed for the holiday weekend.

    The closure, announced months ago, will be four days long, from Friday through the Monday holiday.

    A chunk of the current bridge needs be cut out, and a new section added so that traffic can be detoured onto the new span and the old span can be demolished.

    It's a high-wire act involving thousands of tons and mere inches of clearance -- and high winds could upset the plans.

    If the weather doesn't cooperate, the work will be moved to the following weekend.   If that happens the closure becomes a whole new thing.   September 11 -14 is a regular late summer/early fall weekend and people will be working on the Friday and the Monday.   Even on a holiday weekend,  no access to the Bay Bridge will be a big inconveniece.  Push that forward a week and that "big" could quickly turn to HUGE.

    Photo by Steve Parker.

    Jackson West only cares about the BART tunnel, but wishes the workers luck regardless.