"Shim solution" could allow Calif.'s $6.4B Bay Bridge to open by Labor Day

A short-term fix that could permit the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California to open as scheduled on Labor Day has been proposed by a panel of experts, including Frieder Seible, former dean of the engineering program at University of California, San Diego. The repair would involve installation of shims between bearings, which would provide "full seismic safety" by reducing horizontal bridge movement. The temporary repair would be in place while a long-term fix is being made. The suggestion "will be subjected to review and we’ll give it due diligence," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

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