With the planned celebration the grand opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge now canceled, some Bay Area residents have been wondering what will happen to all the money set aside for the elaborate party.
While officials won't be able to have the expected 200,000 people on the Bay Bridge for the grand celebration as had originally been projected, they do hope to have the bicycle path paved and ready on opening day.
Officials also said space will be limited and it won't be an easy trek.
Workers are speeding ahead with preparations to open the eastern span by September 3rd.
Locals KTVU spoke with said they had been anticipating the party and were sad it wasn’t taking place.
"I think it's going to be disappointing to a lot of people that have been looking forward to it," said Oakland resident Trina Garrett. "It's been a long wait."
"They should have like a celebration to commemorate the opening," said Oakland's Brian Jones.
The event would have allowed the public to walk on the bridge, take in the spectacular scenery and see the structure up close before opening it to cars.
The celebration was to be on the scale of the party held for the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary.
"The idea was to allow the public access one time in their life to be on a major roadway with no cars on it," said Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman Randy Rentschler.
Now the question is what to do with private funds that were raised for the fireworks show.
The MTC also allocated $5.6 million dollars in toll funds to pay for the public event. That money will now be used to pay the event producer for planning already done.
"We have a contract with a contractor," said Rentschler. "That contractor did a certain amount of work and we'll have to figure all that out and move on from there."
The remaining money will go into the general fund.
KTVU learned that when the Bay Bridge opens to cars, officials are planning to have the bike path open too for pedestrians and bicyclists.
"It's still a construction zone and, while it's going to be out there an accessible, we need to be clear: it's not going to be like going to a city park," said Rentschler.
Part of the challenge will be that, according to bridge officials, the entire path will not be completed to Yerba Buena Island. At the time of opening, it will instead end at the bridge tower.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.