January 9, 2013 – The splashy new east span of the Bay Bridge needs a state-of-the-art system of security cameras, the California Highway Patrol has told bridge officials – and toll payers would have to pay the $31 million cost. Results of the CHP’s security assessment of the new bridge, scheduled to open by Labor Day weekend, surprised members of a Bay Area Toll Authority (Aa3 / 072024MX7) committee, who had allotted $8 million, which they had expected to be sufficient. But on Wednesday they were presented with a request for an extra $23 million to buy and install a security system on the 2.2-mile east span and upgrade the existing cameras on the west span.
Comment: I’m sure glad the Golden Gate Bridge has it’s own police force. I feel safer already.