California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 4 Bay Area - Public Affairs Office
Lauren Wonder
(510) 286-6120

August 10, 2005 


Sacramento - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) today announced that seismic retrofit work on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge has been completed for an anticipated $136 million savings.

An independent consulting firm, Bechtel Infrastructure, Incorporated, projected in August 2004 that it would cost $914 million to seismically retrofit the bridge. Caltrans completed the work for much less.

“The people of the Bay Area have a safer bridge, built under budget,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton.

The Richmond-San Rafael is the sixth of seven toll bridges statewide to be completely retrofitted by Caltrans since 2000. The other bridges are: the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, Carquinez Bridge, San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, Vincent Thomas Bridge and San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

The West Span retrofit on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge is 100 percent complete, the West Approach is approximately 51 percent complete, and the Skyway section of the East Span is 77 percent complete.

“The savings on the bridge is the result of an intense effort by Caltrans Director Kempton, Chief Deputy Director Randy Iwasaki and Caltrans employees to respond the Governor’s call for government to work more efficiently,” said Business, Transportation and Housing Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak. “I want to congratulate them along with every Caltrans employee who worked hard to make this project a success.”

Caltrans is now soliciting bids from contractors for the Bay Bridge’s showcase piece, the Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) span. The contract is expected to be awarded in late March 2006, and the SAS is scheduled to be completed in 2012.