More than 130 roadway sections for the New Bay Bridge have been
completed, as work continues at the Stockton
Precast Yard. Workers are preparing for July when the first
of 226 barge trips will ferry the roadway sections down river to
San Francisco Bay for attachment to the bridge pier caps -- the
supports now emerging from the bay. Each roadway section weighs
about 800 tons. There will be 452 in the Skyway section alone.
The vast majority of the sections are identical and can be built
in about a week's time. A total of 14 "hinged segments"
containing state of the art earthquake dampening materials and special
designs are custom built on a longer timeline. For the past two
years, the men and women of KFM-JV have toiled in two shifts, assembling
rebar, pouring concrete and working among giant equipment, to construct
the gargantuan roadway pieces.
|Roadway sections for the New Bay Bridge are arrayed
in storage in Stockton, awaiting shipment by barge to the Bridge
||With roadway sections curing nearby, workers pump concrete,
beginning work on a new section.
||Another view of roadway sections.