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A 480-Ton Lift Takes Practice
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM.

Before the world’s largest cable saddle is hoisted onto the Bay Bridge’s new single-anchor suspension tower next month - 500 feet above the San Francisco Bay - ironworkers tested its sea legs on land last week at an Oakland, Calif. pier. Using a huge barge, they practiced lifting the 480-ton steel piece and fitting it atop a mock-up of the tower. Placed on top of the tower, the saddle will support the cable, which in turn will support the roadway for the new Bay Bridge eastern span.

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Check out a one-minute time lapse video of the lift rehearsal in The Oakland Tribune or click on the image (right) to play the video. 

 

The $6.3 billion eastern span is scheduled to be complete in late 2013.

 

For more information about the Bay Bridge construction project, go to the Bay Bridge website at http://baybridgeinfo.org/. You can also follow Bay Bridge updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/baybridgeinfo, as well as subscribe to free video podcasts available on iTunes.


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