RICHMOND, Calif. — Repairs are underway in Richmond, where large pieces of concrete fell from the Richmond Bridge Thursday. 

Friday night Caltrans engineers replaced the six-foot tall metal plate initially installed with an eight-foot metal plate. Work was completed by 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning with minimal impact to traffic.  

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Drivers can expect a smoother ride over the expansion joint due to this adjustment.

Caltrans contractors will wait until Feb. 18 to begin the permanent repair work to replace the expansion joint on the I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge due to rainy weather forecasted for this week. 

Traffic impacts

During the week of Feb. 18 work will take place overnight from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. with minimal traffic impact expected. 

Caltrans expects the expansion joint replacement to take 10 overnight work shifts.  

All work is expected to conclude two weeks crews start. During the work one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction.

“The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge remains safe and open to the public,” said said Tony Tavares, director of Caltrans District 4. “Out of an abundance of caution, Caltrans engineers will continue to regularly monitor the bridge until the permanent repair is made.”

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