Brutal Commute Awaits SF as Bridge Remains Closed

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2009 8:00 PM CDT
A replacement section slides into place connecting the new detour route during the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge seismic retrofit, Sept. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An unexpected hiccup means the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will remain closed through tomorrow—and a potential nightmare commute for the 260,000 who use the span daily, the Contra Costa Times reports. The bridge was closed Thursday night so workers could replace a 300-foot section, but during the project they found a crack in a steel link, and needed to make the repair immediately. The bridge was scheduled to reopen at 5am tomorrow.

Engineers must install two 9,000-pound steel saddles to support the cracked link; those were made overnight in Arizona and flown to Oakland today. Local transit authorities say they’ll add ferry service and more cars to the cross-bay subway system.