Today, Caltrans performed a test blast in preparation for the upcoming implosions of two piers of the old Bay Bridge scheduled for later this month. The test blast allowed Caltrans to test the Environmental monitoring systems, bird cannon, bubble curtain, safety checks and signals.
The Pier E4 and Pier E5 implosions are scheduled for October 15 and October 29 during slack tide pending weather conditions. Caltrans performed a walk-through with environmental and biological experts earlier this week to ensure that no protected species is harmed. Each implosion is a coordinated effort to ensure limited environmental impact on the Bay and wildlife. Caltrans produced a news flash detailing the efforts of staff to limit that impact:
We’ll continue to post more updates on the action, traffic concerns, and other implosion related information so be sure to keep your eyes on our blog. Don’t forget to check Twitter next Saturday at @ca_trans_agency as we show the E5 implosion in action.
In the meantime, you can watch last year’s implosion here:
— TransportationAgency (@ca_trans_agency) November 14, 2015
For more about the implosion process: