Transit officials are urging commuters to take public transportation when the Bay Bridge shuts down for five days starting this Wednesday at 8pm. And they’re warning drivers to expect significant delays in and out of San Francisco. We’ll discuss commute options during the closure and look ahead to the much-anticipated opening of the new eastern span.

Randy Rentschler, director of legislation and public affairs at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area
Dan Brekke, editor at KQED Radio News
Andrew Gordan, Bay Bridge Spokesperson, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

  • Bob Fry

    It’s taken nearly a quarter-century to construct a replacement for the damaged span of the Bay Bridge…a replacement which has enjoyed huge cost overruns, delays, suspect inspections of critical items, and recently obviously inferior parts.

    I’d like to see a full Forum devoted to what seems to be the decline of the American can-do ability. I grew up in the 1960s, when we put men on the moon in less than a decade, built our freeways and universities, and even waged war (never mind the wisdom of the latter). Before that, the Depression generation built bridges, dams, etc. that we still use today. Now we can’t build a simple bridge on time, on budget, and that is trustworthy. What’s happened to us?

    • Chris OConnell

      This complaint has the distinct ring of an elderly gentleman griping about kids today. Ah, the good old days…

      • thucy

        Nonsense. Bob has a legitimate point, regardless of how it “feels” to hear it.

      • Bob Fry

        If 58 is “elderly”, I’m guilty. Not so much the gentleman though. Nope, as a state engineer myself I am appalled at the incompetence demonstrated in the Bay Bridge. Yes, we made mistakes in major projects in the past, but not to the extent we do now.

        “Socialist” Europe, I suppose, has all the environmental and labor protections we do or more, but they get their projects done seemingly on time and budget. The latest major one I guess was the Large Hadron Collider. Can you imagine if we tried to build that now in the USA? Or, if we really tried to build the High Speed Rail?

        • Chris OConnell

          You were not griping about kids either so that first sentence was not meant to describe or apply to you personally, you could have been a teenage female making the same point. I just was saying that complaints like this REMIND me of old men complaining about the young people today, harking to a past that was not necessarily so great.

          I am not saying you are wrong. You could be right. Sometimes, for example, the kids today are worth bemoaning. Maybe Forum should investigate and do a show. 🙂

  • Phillip Quirós

    After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake a troll sculpture was added to the Bay Bridge, are there any plans for this historic sculpture?


  • Fay Nissenbaum

    Was the “bad steel” made in China and how much of the bridge is?

  • MattCA12

    Why does the bridge need to be closed on Labor Day weekend? I get it! Let’s adjust the project plan for maximum disruption to the public! Muppets…

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