Bay Bridge construction on schedule

SAN FRANCISCO — Final construction work on the new, $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was on schedule Friday, but bridge officials had not yet confirmed when it will open to traffic.

Paving work was nearly complete and crews were continuing demolition work on areas of the old bridge, bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said.

"Work is progressing very well," Gordon told reporters at a press briefing. "We have not had any hiccups or hitches."

The bridge closed on Wednesday night. It is scheduled to open by 5 a.m. Tuesday at the latest.

The official opening ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, but it was unclear who would be there to cut the chain.

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