Lucky troll removed from Bay Bridge's old eastern span

August 30, 2013 11:45:00 PM PDT
Caltrans is assuring everyone that the lucky troll on the old Bay Bridge will have a spot on the new one.

Ironworker James Sturgeon carefully removed the troll from the original eastern span on Friday. He wants to make sure the troll sticks around.

"It's an ironworker icon," Sturgeon said. "Our local installed it 24 years ago. And I'm part of that local. I work at 278, rock on. And, you know, I believe it needs to go on to the new bridge or possibly in a museum in a safe spot."

The figure was installed after the 1989 earthquake. The ironworkers say it's a protection against natural disasters.