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Bay Bridge and MAXX Metals

October 18, 2012

We have detailed the recent boom in all different types of construction here in the Bay Area. From stadiums to hospitals to homes, the last few years have been busy, despite tough economic times. One major project in our area that we haven’t discussed is the replacement of the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Originally built in 1936, the Bay Bridge carries about 270,000 vehicles per day and is one of the longest spans in the world.  Unfortunately, it suffered major damage in the tragic 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (the one that interrupted the World Series), and even after repairs, was in need of seismic upgrading.

After more than a decade of study and discussion, replacement of the eastern span began in 2002. Despite a miasma of budget problems, both state and local, and any number of design difficulties, the new Bay Bridge will finally be completed Labor Day 2013, with a final price tag of $6.416 billion. The entire project is actually revolutionary in its design, the signature element being that it is the world’s largest Self-Anchored Suspension Span (SAS).

At MAXX Metals, we are proud to have provided steel to the contractors who are working on the building of this innovative project. Despite claims to the contrary, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission says that approximately 76% of the steel used in the new Bay Bridge span was made in the United States.  Like most Bay Area residents, we are really looking forward to the competition of this complex and ultimately rewarding decade-long project.

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