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We Built the Bridge=>

In 1997, Governor Pete Wilson signed SB 60 (Chapter 327, Statutes of 1997) that provided for a $1 toll increase on all seven Bay Area toll bridges.  The increased toll revenue was to fund, among other items, the seismic retrofit of the western span and the initial funding to replace the eastern span.

After much deliberation, on June 24, 1998, the Bay Bridge Design Task Force selected a self-anchored suspension bridge with a "signature" 550–foot tower.  At 550 feet, the tower would be the largest of its type in the world.  Disputes between San Francisco, the U.S. Navy, and Caltrans delayed the project for nearly two years until Governor Gray Davis presided over the groundbreaking for the replacement eastern span in 2002. 

Due to construction delays, the cost of the self–anchored design skyrocketed and additional funding was needed to complete the project. After much debate, the legislature passed AB 144 (Chapter 71, Statutes of 2005), which funded the construction of the signature span, with an additional increase in tolls to $4 for all seven Bay Area toll bridges (except the Golden Gate), along with a cost share between the State and Bay Area This work is expected to be completed in 2013.

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