Workers find Bay Bridge crack; Shutdown could last

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews doing seismic retrofitting on the San Francisco Bay Bridge have found what authorities call a "significant crack" in the span that could keep the California landmark closed beyond a planned holiday weekend shutdown.

Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney tells CBS-5 that during an inspection workers found a crack high on the bridge's eastern side that would have been sufficient reason to close the bridge on its own.

Ney says the crack will need to be fixed immediately and says the repair "may take us beyond Tuesday," when the bridge had been set to reopen.

The bridge was shut down Thursday night so a section of the eastern span could be cut out and replaced with a new double-deck section that will connect the bridge with a short detour.


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