Officials to announce opening date for new eastern span of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

California transportation officials are expected to announce whether the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open on Labor Day as planned or be delayed for months because of broken safety bolts.

A joint committee of the three agencies responsible for the bridge says in a statement that it will announce the opening date at a Thursday morning public meeting in Oakland.

The announcement from the Toll Bridge Oversight Committee was set to come two days after federal transportation officials signed off on a temporary fix for the cracked seismic safety bolts that have threatened to delay the opening until December or later.

The fix involves temporarily installing steel plates in the area of the broken bolts to help prevent movement during an earthquake while long-term repairs are done.