08 July 2005
California's senate has approved a deal that paves the way for construction of the self-anchored suspension span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge. The senate ratified an agreement to increase bridge tolls and provide US$630 million for the bridge. Last year's sole tenderer for the signature span had put in a price far higher than budgeted. This prompted calls for the eastern section of the crossing to be replaced by a less dramatic causeway structure. The state's assembly is expected to pass the bill next week. It will then take effect as soon as governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs the measure. Caltrans will then be able to readvertise the contract.