The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is officially closed, Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney reported, and crews have started the seismic retrofit operation that prompted the closure.
Caltrans began closing all bridge onramps at 8 p.m. today.
Ney said the California Highway Patrol officially handed the bridge over to Caltrans at 8:40 p.m., when officials were able to get all the vehicles off the bridge.
“This place is a ghost town,” Ney said. “Traffic is light throughout the entire region.”
The bridge is closed in both directions through 5 a.m. Tuesday as crews replace a 350-foot, 6,500-ton section of the bridge just east of the Yerba Buena Island tunnel.
The new section of the westbound viaduct is part of a seismic retrofit that Caltrans has been performing on the bridge.
Ney reported tonight’s closure went according to plan with no problems or last-minute traffic rushes.
“It’s a good way to start,” he said.
Bay City News
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