Bay Bridge officials want to leave old piers

Nov 29, 2014 10:56 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area transportation officials are looking at preserving parts of the old Bay Bridge to cut demolition costs.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday on the latest proposal to trim budget overruns in the $6.5 billion replacement of the old Bay Bridge.

Local transportation commission spokesman Randy Rentschler says officials are considering leaving a half-dozen piers of the old bridge as a park. Rentschler says authorities also are looking at leaving the main pier near Treasure Island as a memorial to the original, 1930s-era Bay Bridge. Leaving the old piers would save at least $12 million. The plan change would require approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, bay conservation officials and others.

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