The final two piers of the old Bay Bridge East Span were demolished on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, 81 years after the bridge’s grand opening. In the above video, MTC’s Mark Jones joins Caltrans bridge crews to document the stupendous early-morning implosion. [READ MORE]
The dismantling of the old bridge started four years ago in November 2013. Through some creative project management, Caltrans was able to finish the demolition project a year ahead of schedule and 10 million dollars below budget.
The old East Span hasn’t disappeared entirely, though, with a few old piers still standing in the Bay. These piers may be used in the future to create public access walkways from the Oakland shoreline and from Yerba Buena Island, respectively.