OAKLAND, CA — Caltrans and Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) crews this week completed their annual installation of a festive holiday wreath above the Bay Bridge’s westbound Yerba Buena Island Tunnel portal. This marks the sixth consecutive year BATA and Caltrans have teamed up to extend holiday season greetings to travelers on the region’s busiest transbay crossing.
The 13-foot, eight-inch wreath features a steel frame with artificial foliage, ornaments and ribbon. Permanent anchors for the wreath were installed above the portal in 2011, enabling BATA and Caltrans to re-use the same piece each year. The wreath will remain in place until early January, when crews will remove the decoration and place it in storage for use during the 2016-17 holiday season.
BATA, which is directed by the same policy board as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), administers toll revenues from the region's state-owned toll bridges. MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Caltrans owns, operates and maintains the state highway system, including seven Bay Area toll bridges.
John Goodwin (415) 778-5262
Bob Haus, Caltrans 510.286.5576