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Bay Bridge Proposal: Turn Old Eastern Span Piers into a Park
"Bay Bridge officials want to keep some of the old eastern span’s concrete piers in place — a plan they say would save on demolition costs and create a memorial for the historic structure," reports Jaxon Van Derbeken.
"The idea is to preserve and remember a portion of the old span as part of the planned Gateway Park. The 170-acre park would be built on Caltrans land near the span as an approach for the bike path to the bridge."
One hitch in the plan—the original permit for the project requires all of the former span's piers to be removed. Environmentalists argue that removing the piers is for the "betterment of the bay."