16 August 2012
A major lifting operation is now under way to attach the suspension cables to the deck of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s record-breaking self-anchored suspension span.
Crews have begun to lift approximately 35,200t of steel in an operation that will transfer the weight of the deck from massive temporary supports to the cable suspension system. The complex process has just begun and will take approximately three months to complete.
The landmark bridge is being built by a joint venture of American Bridge and Fluor.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s 3.5km East Span includes two main sections: the self-anchored suspension (SAS) structure with its single 160m-tall steel tower, and a 1.9km-long elevated viaduct. The SAS structure’s main span length of 385m will make it the longest single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge in the world.