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August 1, 2005 


Sacramento - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that it is now soliciting bids from contractors for the Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) span on the Bay Bridge.

“We want to get the message out to contractors that California is turning the corner when it comes to building and maintaining our transportation infrastructure,” said Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak. “We look forward to working with contractors as we pave the way to rebuilding California’s transportation system, including the Bay Bridge.”

"Today’s launch of the SAS bid process brings us one step closer to seismic safety,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton. “I am looking forward to working with the new oversight committee in building a safe bridge as soon as possible.”

Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger, a bipartisan plan (Assembly Bill 144) was approved that makes it possible for the Bay Bridge project to move forward. The agreement empowered a Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program oversight committee, consisting of executive members from Caltrans, the California Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Toll Authority.

The SAS will contain 67,000 tons of steel, enough to build 10 Eiffel Towers. Its 17,000 steel strands in the single cable would stretch from San Francisco to Australia and back if laid end to end.

Caltrans will accept and review responses from the construction industry during the next six months.

The contract is expected to be awarded in late March 2006. Construction will begin shortly thereafter, and the seismic retrofit work on the SAS is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

Seismic retrofit work on the Bay Bridge’s West Span is 100 percent complete; the West Approach is approximately 51 percent complete and on schedule to be finished in 2009; the Skyway section of the East Span is 77 percent complete.

The new project adds to an already rosy picture for transportation in California this year. Funding for State transportation projects has more than quadrupled for the 2006 fiscal year, largely as a result of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transfer of $1.313 billion in Proposition 42 monies to the State Transportation Investment Fund. This amount includes $141,433,000 for 21 vital Bay Area projects.

You can find detailed information on the SAS contract proposal at