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New Bay Bridge Span Under Construction

More than 12 years after the Loma Prieta earthquake knocked down a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, state and local authorities were celebrating the official start of construction on the new span today.

The project will cost an estimated 2.6 billion dollars and will take five years to complete. At a kick off ceremony this afternoon, Governor Davis said the new eastern span will be able to withstand an 8.5 magnitude earthquake.

Preliminary construction has already started. Today´s ceremony was a chance for Davis and other local politicians to tout what they say is the state´s largest ever public works project, and an economic boon to the Bay Area.