Crews weather storm during Bay Bridge repairs

December 12, 2009 5:39:37 PM PST
Caltrans crews weathered the storm overnight while working on a "permanent fix" to a cracked eyebar, a crucial support beam on the Bay Bridge.

On Saturday morning, they put rigging in place for the repair and Saturday evening they planned to actually begin cutting the eyebar, all while keeping a close eye on the weather.

"Weather was a challenge last night and it will continue to be a challenge for the entire time that we're doing this repair," said Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney. "But, we have staged the work in such a way that if we begin the operation and the storm gets worse, we can have the crews button up their work and come back off the bridge and go at it again the next day."

Caltrans expects to close three westbound lanes on the bridge between 10 p.m. Saturday night and eight lanes Sunday morning. One eastbound lane will be shut down overnight starting at midnight Saturday.