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July 30, 2010 > Piece of new Bay Bridge tower to go up

Piece of new Bay Bridge tower to go up

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Jul 28 - A piece of the tower that will define the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span is set to go up.

Crews are scheduled to install the 165-foot, 1,200-ton piece, known as a lift, Wednesday afternoon. The massive piece arrived in the Bay Area from China earlier this month.

It is one of five pieces that will make up the first leg of the 525-foot tower, which will be the centerpiece of the new, seismically safe, $6.2 billion eastern span.

Bridge officials say work on the first section will be done in two weeks, and the entire span is expected to be completed by late 2013.

Officials say traffic won't be affected during the tower construction, but drivers will soon have a new view of the eastern span project.

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