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Bay Bridge Under Repairs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The new span of the Bay Bridge will not be finished in time for its planned Labor Day opening, because of defective bolts.

Those broken bolts were supposed to be part of the construction to keep the bridge from falling apart in a major earthquake.

The current eastern span was damaged 23 years ago in the Loma Prieta earthquake. There are currently about four different plans that are being evaluated to fix the bolts.

Officials say it “could” open the new Bay Bridge span before the broken bolts are totally repaired, if it is deemed safer than the old bridge.