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Closing day nears

November 17, 2004  

Crews paved the way for a major milestone in the New Bay Bridge's construction as they prepared to pour the concrete that will link together the first two support columns (piers). The final or 'closure' pour connects the roadway segments held aloft by individual piers. In contrast to the roadway segments that are made in Stockton and shipped to the construction site by barge, the last few feet are left to Oakland crews.

While hardly on the scale of the "golden spike," that connected the transcontinental railway, this connection is a significant step forward nonetheless.

Going up! Lifted off the new bridge's roadway where it was built, an unseen crane gets ready to lower the form onto a barge below.
Photo by Joseph A. Blum

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Photos by Joseph A. Blum


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