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Bay Bridge Milestone

A Caltrans spokesman said that construction on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span is nearing the finish line on "another historic occasion," as workers finish the compaction of the main cable that snakes through the bridge's tower and under the deck. From the SF Appeal we learn that the cable weighs 5,291 tons, or nearly 10.6 million pounds, and is part of the new eastern span's self-anchored suspension span, a 2,047-foot section of bridge east of Yerba Buena Island. It'll be the longest kind in the world. The new span is still on schedule to open to motorists over Labor Day weekend in 2013. [SF Appeal/photo via Bhautik Joshi]