Bay Bridge span’s ‘Big Lift’ complete

The Big Lift, the most amazing feat in the incredible engineering show taking place over the bay between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island, was accomplished Tuesday.

Construction crews building the new Bay Bridge east span completed the complicated task of shifting the 35,200-ton weight of the new single-tower suspension span from temporary trestles that supported it from below to a single mile-long cable, draped across a 525-foot tower and anchored in the bridge deck, which holds it from above.

"This is now, officially, the largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world," said Bart Ney, a Caltrans spokesman.”

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