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Like other seismic upgrades on state toll bridges, the East Span Project will be funded by a combination of state taxes, bond revenues, and monies collected through a $1 bridge toll surcharge on all state-owned toll bridges in the Bay Area.

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State taxpayers will fund 65.5% of the cost for the skyway bridge design from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island. These funds will come from state fuel tax revenues earmarked for seismic upgrade projects and seismic retrofit bonds issued by the state after voter approval of Proposition 192 in November 1996.

Bay Area toll bridge users will fund 34.5% of the cost for the skyway bridge from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island through a $1 bridge toll surcharge signed into law by then-Governor Wilson in August 1997. The surcharge on the Dumbarton, San Mateo-Hayward, Benicia-Martinez, Richmond-San Rafael, Carquinez, and Bay bridges took effect January 1, 1998. The $1 toll increase will remain in effect for approximately eight years until the Bay Area share of funds for seismic upgrades to local toll bridges has been collected.

Project amenities including a self-anchored suspension bridge near Yerba Buena Island, a pedestrian/bicycle path and/or relocation/reconstruction of the Transbay Transit Terminal will be fully funded by Bay Area bridge tolls. According to Senate Bill 60, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is allowed to extend the toll surcharge for up to two years to fund these amenities.

Governor Gray Davis recently announced that the state would seek federal funding for the seismic retrofit/replacement of the Bay Bridge. To view the Governor's press release, click here.

If you have comments or questions about the East Span Seismic Safety Project, mail them to:

Greg Bayol
Public Information Office
Caltrans District 4
PO Box 23660
Oakland, CA 94623-0660

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