Bridge pavement begins to take form
The first piece of roadway was poured for the New
Bay Bridge May 28 signaling the passage of another milestone in
the span’s construction.
Crews built the first of what will be 28 sections that will be constructed
atop the support columns. These are the only roadway segments that
will be built at the bridge site. These special roadway sections
are officially called “pier tables” as they sit above
the supports, or “piers.”
Once the pier tables are complete, contractor KFM-JV
can start attaching the hundreds of roadway sections already built
at a sprawling facility in Stockton.
To find out more about the roadway portion of the
project go to the Skyway
||The reinforcing steel skeleton of what will become
a pier cap. Alongside the existing bridge, workers make final
adjustments to the steel rods, or “rebar” that will
strengthen the new bridge roadway.
||A team of workers pumps wet concrete off a barge
and into place as the first pier cap takes shape May 28 2004.
As one worker makes sure the concrete is delivered in the right
place, (center) another worker (back, right), levels the concrete
with a trowel as plywood forms hold it all in place.
||A close-up of a worker smoothing out wet concrete
on the newly poured pier.
||Part of the final work on the pier, a worker
sprays a white protective coat to seal the drying concrete.
by Joseph A. Blum