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Bay Bridge Procession of Cars Before Reopening

By: KPIX/CBS
By: KPIX/CBS

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is set to open up to the public on Tuesday (9/3) after being closed five days for repairs in Oakland, California.

After an opening ceremony filled with historical and celebratory speeches about the history of the bridge, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom used an acetylene torch to cut a metal chain, officially reopening the bridge Monday (9/2).

After that, a line of cars ranging from vintage to modern electric vehicles took a road test across the bridge.

Hundreds of workers have been working around the clock to put finishing touches on the bridge.

Caltrans spokesperson Andrew Gordon said that all major construction on the bridge is wrapping up and the 6.4 billion-dollar project should be ready to welcome normal traffic by 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Government officials, labor leaders, survivors of the 1989 earthquake that collapsed two 50-foot sections of the old structure and people who were alive when the Bay Bridge first opened in 1936 were in attendance.

The original bridge was completed in 1936 for 77 million dollars, the equivalent of one billion dollars in 2013 money. The new span includes pedestrian and bike lanes and includes the local rail system.


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