A proposed quick fix for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is moving forward Thursday, according to a project spokesperson.
Earlier in July, Caltrans announced engineers were looking at a "shimming" idea -- installing steel plates into the area of the broken bolts to help prevent movement during an earthquake, said Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee member Steven Heminger.
On Thursday, KTVU learned a Caltrans contractor is already building the stiffeners or shims needed to make the back-up earthquake support the primary ones.
That process will take another week or two.
By mid-August, all the engineering reviews for the proposed fix will determine if the new Bay Bridge span can be opened ahead of the permanent fix coming in December.
If so, the quick fix could be completed in two weeks.
The toll bridge project oversight committee would then decide on an opening date. It is possible the new span could still open for the earlier scheduled Labor Day weekend celebration.
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