H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Jul 8, 2013 6:53 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Decision due on Bay Bridge opening

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bay Area drivers will finally learn if the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open on Labor Day as scheduled, or be delayed again.

The Toll Bridge Oversight Committee on Monday is scheduled to brief lawmakers at a meeting in Sacramento about its investigation into why 32 seismic safety bolts cracked after being tightened in March.

The committee's report will also indicate how long officials believe it will take to install a fix for the broken bolts, and whether those repairs will be completed in time for the $6.4 billion crossing to open on Labor Day.

The report will be released on the California Department of Transportation website after the meeting.

The bridge is replacing the span damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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