Transportation Officials Coy On New Bay Bridge Troll

CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Bay Area transportation officials Wednesday briefly discussed the existence of a good-luck troll on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge but were reluctant to provide many details about it.

Peter Lee, principal transportation engineer with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, told members of the Bay Area Toll Authority at their monthly meeting, “There is a troll on the new bridge.”

However, Lee wouldn’t disclose the troll’s location, saying only, “It’s somewhere on the bridge.”

The new troll is aimed at carrying on a tradition that started in late 1989 when iron workers place a good-luck troll on the eastern span when they replaced a slab of bridge deck that collapsed in the Loma Prieta earthquake on Oct. 17 of that year.

The old troll was created by local artist and blacksmith Bill Roan.

Lee said the old troll was recently removed from the old eastern span…

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