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Bay Bridge repair could cost $5 million - $10 million

  • File - In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Caltrans Toll Bridge Program Manager Tony Anziano refers to one of the broken rods he brought from the new Bay Bridge project during a presentation before the Bay Area Toll Authority oversight committee in Oakland, Calif. Sitting with Anziano was Metropolitan Transportation Commission director Andrew B. Fremier. As engineers in California try to determine the cause of brittleness in steel rods on the new Bay Bridge, newly revealed documents show state transportation officials expressed concern about the integrity of some steel components for the span more than four years ago. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times,Karl Mondon, File)

OAKLAND — The planned repair for broken seismic safety rods on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge could cost between $5 million and $10 million, a state transportation official said Wednesday.

Officials still don't know whether the repair will be done in time for the span's scheduled Labor Day opening, but say it's still possible. A decision is expected May 29.

California Transportation Commission Executive Director Andre Boutros told a meeting of the Bay Area Toll Authority that the repair for the 32 snapped rods involves installing steel saddles.

The saddles would be placed over the base of the seismic shock absorber that was initially intended to attach to the bridge by the rods. About 430 steel cables covered in concrete will tie down the saddles. Another repair option would have been more expensive.

Officials said they aren't taking short cuts in an attempt to get the bridge opened on schedule.

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