According to the latest projections, the new Bay Bridge eastern span will be completed $35 million over budget. Caltrans is shifting funds from other bride projects from around the state to make up the deficit. The new Bay Bridge eastern span connecting San Francisco and Oakland, California opened in September of last year. Caltrans has been optimistic throughout the duration of the project that the completed bridge would cost less than the $6.4 billion price tag. That figure includes $900 million for cost over runs and contingencies. However, it is estimated that there is still $110 million of unfinished work left to complete the eastern span and Caltrans expects their original estimate of $100 million to tear down the old span to be lower than the actual cost. Taking into account the remaining work that needs to be done as well as cost overruns, Caltrans expects to have a $35 million deficit when the bridge is completed.
The world’s first peak-to-peak suspension bridge opened in Switzerland yesterday. The bridge’s 351-foot span is only 31 inches wide and it is located 9,800 feet above sea level. Anyone brave enough to cross the Peak Walk at Glacier 3000 will take in incredible views of the Swiss Alps including 24 peaks including Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. The ski resort opened this past weekend and the resort’s owners plan to keep the Peak Walk at Glacier 3000 open year round, weather permitting. And the best news of all is it is free for everyone.
The creators of the Bay Bridge’s “Bay Lights” have until the end of the year to raise $4 million to keep their changing light display from coming to an end. The Bay Lights have been around since March of 2013 and are operating on a two-year permit. The system was privately funded and cost $8 million to install. They are made up of 25,000 LED lights that are attached to 300 cables on one side of the bridge’s western span. Artist Leo Villareal programmed the lights to constantly change patterns from dusk until dawn each night.
The new Tilikum Crossing Bridge in Portland, Oregon began testing its new ambient lighting system last Thursday and Friday. Morgan Barnard, Douglass Hollis, and Anna Valentina Murch designed the LED light system to change colors according to the data streamed from the U.S. Geological Service river monitor near the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. Those living in the area or using the bridge will not only see the light system change colors throughout the day, but they will also witness large changes in color throughout the course of the year as the time of year affects the river’s speed, temperature, and height.
Visitors to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai can now pay to ride to the 148th floor to get an even more elevated view of the surrounding area from the new observation deck located 1,821 feet above the ground. The recently opened observation deck set the Guinness World Record for the world’s tallest observation deck and offers views from about two thirds of the height of the buildings overall height. It beat out the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China for the distinction. The new area was built 24 floors higher than the buildings previous highest observation deck on the 124th floor. The existing observation deck attracted 1.9 million visitors last year who payed to take in the amazing views of Dubai and the surrounding area.
This week marks a milestone in the Elizabeth River Tunnel project in Virginia. The project is one of the largest infrastructure projects occurring in the U.S. right now. It will place a two lane tunnel next to an existing tunnel connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia and thus double the tunnels capacity and reduce commute times. SKW Contractors team, a joint venture between Skanska, Kiewit, and Weeks Marine, are overseeing the public-private partnership project and are responsible for submersing eleven 16,000-ton hollow concrete elements into a special trench at the bottom of the Elizabeth River.
The Transbay Transit Center, a $4.5 billion project in the Bay area, involves transportation and housing that creates a "Grand Central Station of the West". Once completed, the new hub will connect eight Bay Area counties and the State of California through 11 different transit systems. With the excavation, earthwork, and dewatering project for the Transbay Tower already in progress, Nicholson Construction was awarded a contract for the construction of critical foundation elements of the new bus ramp for the Center. Read more on this exciting project!