California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date:        November 12, 2015
District:   Headquarters
Contact:  Leah Robinson-Leach
Phone:    (510) 715-6730
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone:          (916) 657-5060


California Highway Patrol Plan Traffic Control

OAKLAND—Caltrans gives an inside look at the test blast being conducted by the demolition team and traffic control plans of the California Highway Patrol, in preparation for the implosion of Pier E3 of the old Bay Bridge. On Nov. 14, the scheduled day of the implosion, a highly coordinated schedule of operations and sequences will be performed by construction, design and environmental teams.

In this Caltrans News Flash, Bay Bridge spokesperson Leah Robinson-Leach gives you a sneak peek at a trial run to test personnel placement, equipment and monitoring systems, particularly the Blast Attenuation System, also known as the "bubble curtain." This highly orchestrated operation is the culminating effort to bring down the largest of the old Bay Bridge marine foundations: 20 million pounds of underwater concrete.

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This News Flash is the 54th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that keep California’s transportation system moving forward.

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For further details on the E3 implosion, follow along on Twitter at #E3Implosion, or check for more information (including a live stream of the implosion).