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Test Blast of Pier E-3 Implosion Highlights Collaborative Effort

Caltrans News Flash #54 California Highway Patrol Plan Traffic Control

Date: November 12, 2015
District: District 4
Contact: Leah Robinson-Leach
Phone: (510) 715-6730

OAKLAND - Caltrans gives an inside look at the test blast being conducted by the demolition team and traffic control plans of the California Highway Patrol, in preparation for the implosion of Pier E3 of the old Bay Bridge. On Nov. 14, the scheduled day of the implosion, a highly coordinated schedule of operations and sequences will be performed by construction, design and environmental teams.

In this Caltrans News Flash, Bay Bridge spokesperson Leah Robinson-Leach gives you a sneak peek at a trial run to test personnel placement, equipment and monitoring systems, particularly the Blast Attenuation System, also known as the "bubble curtain." This highly orchestrated operation is the culminating effort to bring down the largest of the old Bay Bridge marine foundations: 20 million pounds of underwater concrete.

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This News Flash is the 54th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to

Additional information can be found on the  E-3 Implosion page.

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Contact Information

Physical Address:

California Department of Transportation
District 4
111 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

General Information:

Main Phone Line: (510) 286-4444

Alejandro Lopez
Bay Bridge Spokesperson
Caltrans District 4
Phone: (510)286-5445

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