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Accident left at least one person dead  2 vehicles forced a Jeep into the center divide just west of the toll plaza. One occupant was decapitated Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck
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Police Arrest Man Who Tied Up Traffic  38 year-old man who created a huge traffic jam by threatening to jump off the span is now facing a variety of charges State demands investigation into backup  Governor Schwarzenegger and transportation secretary are demanding an investigation into the Bridge traffic nightmare Manmade spider web to stop jumpers  Would-be bridge jumpers could find themselves ensnared in a web under a plan proposed by the CHP Traffic Diverted Off Major Ramp 25-year-old victim of fatal accident  A car traveling in excess of 100 mph, collided with a Caltrans truck that was in one of the 3 coned lanes Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target
Flooding reported  The rain and winds snarled traffic throughout the morning commute Sea Lion Rescued from 25-Foot Perch Traffic a mess after major accident  A crash involving a bus, a truck and at least one car temporarily brought Oakland-bound traffic to a complete halt Traffic Nightmare Creeps on for Hours

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  2 left lanes were shut down as police tried to deal with a man who was threatening to jump off the bridge

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  Only 1 contractor submitted a bid for the suspension portion of the new span, and job came in at $1.8 billion

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  Voters approved Measure 2, raising $125-million a year for a number of transportation projects
Jul.24   Van crashes into toll plaza building, 2 killed
  The van ended up embedded in the back wall. The van's driver and his passenger died. 2 pedestrian injured
Jul.26   Driver in Toll Plaza crash had criminal past  Ronald Wade McClave, 39, stabbed his parents to death in 1989, but he was found not guilty by reason of insanity Jul.30   Fiery crash results in major injuries  CHP found a Harley Davidson motorcycle engulfed in flames. 2 lanes on the highway were blocked Jul.31   Bridge Retrofit Costs Skyrocket  The new eastern span is going to cost about 5 times as much as originally though

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Aug.16   Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
  The state blames the upscale signature design for more than half of the cost overrun
Aug.22   Battle Begins over Bridge Retrofit  A prominent business group has urged lawmakers not give in to the pressure to raise tolls to pay for the new eastern span

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Sep.11   Bay Area lawmakers discussed bridge  Senators and Assembly members called on the governor's top transportation official to provide them with cash flow charts Sep.18   4 lanes closed after accident  An accident involving several cars involves minor injuries Sep.19   Carjacker Evades CHP During Chase
  One man carjacked 4 vehicles in less than 90 minutes, crashing one of them on the Bay Bridge before fleeing into SF Sep.30   Project Could Get Redesign
  The state rejected the $1.4 billion bid to rebuild the distinctive tower section of new span

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Oct.17   15th anniversary of Loma Prieta quake
  The 1989 quake was collapsing a portion of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge. In all, 68 people died

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Dec.10   Simpler Plan Chosen for Span
  Schwarzenegger wants to scrap the expensive suspension design in favor of a cheaper skyway   Heavy Fog Snarls Travelers  Visibility was very low near the toll plaza during the morning commute

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