We do want our dowager, the Oakland Bay Bridge, to be treated and released from the ICU soon. It’s important to make her Eastern Span healthy and safe, during those last few years in service. It’s also hard to wait patiently for the bridge to re-open – especially if you are one of those unlucky Montclair-to-San Francisco commuters.
This morning, the travel times were atrocious. We heard about three-hour commutes into San Francisco while cars crawled, at 10-15 mph, across the Richmond, Golden Gate and San Mateo bridges respectively. No word on Dumbarton speeds, which may have been a bit better.
According to various traffic reports, BART handled a half-million passengers. In the East Bay, this morning’s commuter count jumped nearly 50 percent, from 56 to 83 thousand passengers. We also heard the Houston Rockets took a ferry boat to play the Warriors.
What’s happening now? Caltrans is working on a better fix to the I-Bar problem first discovered last Labor Day, including stronger welds and pieces that are tied together. We sure hope the quick-fatigue problem will be resolved, so cumulative traffic and high winds won’t knock things down again!
We know the Bay Bridge will be closed again tomorrow. Caltrans spokeman, Bart Ney, would not commit to any opening time – better safe than sorry.
November 2nd Update: Finally, the Oakland Bay Bridge re-opened this morning. After some re-designs, fixes, tests and more tests, Caltrans decided this effort would hold. Of course, our regular commuting patterns return tomorrow.