Posted February 18, 2011

MAIN CABLE PAINTING PROJECT SCAFFOLDING DELIVERY TUESDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 22/23, 2011

10 pm to 3 am

 

On the evening of February 22, 2011, scaffolding required for Golden Gate Bridge crews to begin the renovation of the span’s massive main cables will be delivered to midspan (midpoint of the Bridge) and unloaded onto the west sidewalk. The delivery will occur when Golden Gate Bridge traffic is at its lowest and take from about 10 pm on February 22 to about 3 am on February 23, 2011.

Beginning on the WEST SIDE main cable, fixed scaffolding will be erected along the 400-foot-long segment from midspan south towards the San Francisco side of the span. This will take several weeks.

The scaffolding will entirely surround or envelop the main cable in 60-foot-long segments, one at a time, and be moved along the 400-foot-segment of the main cable. The scaffolding will extend from the sidewalk level to about 3 ft. above the main cable, which translates to it being up to 25 ft. tall at its maximum and 6 ft. wide.

Then, workers will spend up to six months renovate this portion of the main cable. Following the completion of this section of work, the scaffolding will be disassembled and reassembled along a 400-foot-long segment heading north from midspan toward the Marin side. Workers will then renovate this segment of the WEST SIDE main cable over the next 6 months. This 800-foot section alone is anticipated to take about 1 year to complete.

Once work is completed on the WEST SIDE main cable, the work effort will shift to the EAST SIDE main cable. The same system will be used on the EAST SIDE main cable. Also, the higher portions of both of the main cable will be recoated using elevated platforms beginning this summer. As the renovation progresses, updates will be provided.

WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT ON THE WEST SIDEWALK?

While this work is underway on the WEST SIDE main cable, the fixed scaffolding will reduce the west sidewalk width from 10 feet to 7 feet for a distance of 400 ft. Bicyclists may be asked to walk their bikes through the work area.

WHAT DOES “MAIN CABLE RENOVATION” MEAN?

Golden Gate Bridge work crews will undertake the following during the three-year renovation of both of the main cables: Clean the surface of the main cable; rough the surface of the main cable to be ready to accept new paint; make any additional required repairs; re-caulk the main cable bands; apply new paint system.

main cable mid span golden gate bridge

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