U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Caltrans is currently undertaking the mammoth task of retrofitting seven of its major toll bridges: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Carquinez Bridge, Benicia Martinez Bridge, Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The total cost of the retrofits is estimated to be $2.6 billion, including the $1.5 billion dollar replacement of the Bay Bridge east span and construction of a new suspension bridge to replace the west bound Carquinez Bridge. Most of the work will be financed with a $1.00 increase in tolls. FHWA is the lead agency for the environmental process on all of the toll projects, but initially there were no federal dollars in construction of the retrofits or new structures. However, in 2000, Governor Gray Davis declared that three of the projects would have federal funds: the Richmond-San Rafael, the Benicia-Martinez and the east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.