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Demolition work on 'old' Bay Bridge could take 3 years

Original post made on Sep 3, 2013

With the new bridge finished, the question now is how to dismantle the 80-year-old bridge that's still standing.

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Posted by Bill, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

So I understood that the old bridge would be towed out of the bay and used as the foundation for a reef. Does anyone know any details of this plan and if this is true? It would be very cool if a new reef system could be created by the infrastructure that this would provide.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

Why not just use a percentage of the costs for the demolition of the old bridge and upgrade it! The new bridge could then take the westbound traffic into S.F. and the old bridge could take the eastbound traffic to Oakland. That would cut the amount of traffic congestion down about 50% on each bridge and extend the life, not to mention cut down on the traffic delays also. It would save the total costs of the demo for an already financially strapped State. The new bridge already has cost 4X what the initial estimate said. The old "historic" bridge would be preserved, traffic congestion would be reduced and the taxpayers would save a great deal of money in the process.

Posted by HotSam, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Sep 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Sorry Mike from Mohr Park, your suggestion is physically impossible. Can't have both bridges taking traffic at the same time. And the demolition work has already begun. The first 1,000 ft. on the Oakland side, if I recall correctly, is gone.

Posted by Homer, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 4, 2013 at 7:54 am

Three years starting when?

Posted by bill, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2013 at 8:56 am


Your idea would just create a parking lot. If you don't have a wider tunnel on TI and the other span remains the same, the capacity of the system is limited to the narrowest point. Funny that you actually thought that would work.

Posted by Julia, a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

Get real folks..

The only way to control the flow of vehicles coming and going to the San Francisco area (including south of San Francisco) and the East Bay Area is to construct a new simple bridge..."THE SOUTHERN CROSSING".

The new Eastern Span did nothing to improve traffic flow...the only thing it did was cost us billions of dollars to satisfy the ultra-ego's of our so called leaders. It would a laughable situation if it didn't cost us an arm and a leg.

Thanks for listening...Julia Pardini from Alamo

Posted by Julia, a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:11 am the way, I wouldn't take down old faithful just yet..

Wait for the next earthquake and see witch one is standing.

Just my opinion...Julia Pardini

Posted by Sybil, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

@ "The only way to control the flow of vehicles coming and going to the SF area...."

Have you thought about such newfangled things as car pooling, riding a bike (or broomstick), or working to improve public transportation?

Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

'....or working to improve public transportation?' How about removing union labor from the mix? 3 years to destroy an old bridge...really? No doubt they will be working overtime, come in late, and end up over budget. Just another form of welfare.