From $250 Million to $6.5 Billion: The Bay Bridge Cost Overrun
By Eric Jaffe
13 October 2015
Adjunt Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Karen Trapenberg Frick chronicles the reconstruction of the Bay Bridge in her new book, Remaking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: A Case of Shadowboxing with Nature. CityLab tracks the expanding expenses of the construction of the Bay Bridge using her book as a guide. The Bay Bridge cost 2,500 percent more than the initial estimate, $250 million. Karen Frick details the many factors which contributed to the final price tag of $6.5 billion, and she offers lessons to be learned from the Bay Bridge reconstruction to apply to controlling costs of future mega projects.