San_Mateo_Bridge.jpgThe Bay Area Toll Authority today appropriated $1 million to pay for last month’s emergency repair work on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

In a regularly scheduled meeting today, the Bay Area Toll Authority approved a resolution allocating $1 million in toll bridge rehabilitation program funds for the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge emergency repairs and for continued monitoring of the finished work.

A spokesman for the toll authority said today that Caltrans has spent about $250,000 for the fabrication and installation of repair parts, and the agency will have additional rehabilitation funds available if needed.

“Caltrans is continuing to monitor the repair,” toll authority spokesman John Goodwin said. “If additional work is needed, they will have the funds available.”

During a routine inspection on Oct. 13, Caltrans engineers found a crack in a steel beam beneath the bridge that required repair workers to close one lane to traffic for more than three days.

The cracked beam was originally installed as part of a seismic retrofit completed in 2001 that allows the bridge to move back and forth during an earthquake.

Several high-strength steel plates were bolted into place over the cracked section, and all lanes on the bridge reopened on Oct. 17.

The Bay Area Toll Authority is responsible for managing revenue from tolls at seven state-owned bridges in the region.

Chris Cooney, Bay City News

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