CalTrans responds to fix Bay Bridge east span’s flickering lights

OAKLAND — Electricians with the California Department of Transportation were investigating after lights illuminating the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge’s iconic eastern-span’s tower began cycling on and off.

At 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, vertical lights from the tower’s base that light up its cables began to flicker for about half an hour, spurring surprise and concern from social media observers.

Some drivers were distracted by the lights, but apparently not significantly, CalTrans spokesman Vince Jacala said.

“They began cycling on and off, which is not normal. They are not meant to cycle on and off,” Jacala said.

Crews who responded found the issue was electrical, pegging it to a possible short in a bridge substation, and managed to turn off the affected lights at 7:47 p.m..

No determination was available on whether the day’s wet weather was directly responsible, “but obviously it’s been raining pretty hard all night,” Jacala said.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5810.

Source: mercurynews
CalTrans responds to fix Bay Bridge east span’s flickering lights



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