Bay Bridge

2:20pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Transportation

New Bay Bridge still shaky? An Interview with journalist Jaxon Van Derbeken

Flickr user Eugene Kim

The latest news of possible problems on the new Bay Bridge? Steel rods anchoring the 6.5 billion dollar span have shifted and might threaten its stability in the case of an earthquake.

This is just the most recent in a laundry list of problems on the bridge. In recent months, Caltrans has come under fire for faulty welds, failed rods, and leaky decks. Jaxon Van Derbeken, an award-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, has reported extensively on the Bay Bridge. He sat down with KALW’s Ben Trefny.

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4:35pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Transportation

The glory that was the original Bay Bridge

Courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

Nearly 80 years ago the Bay Bridge was described in a live broadcast on NBC Radio as “the largest, longest, and greatest completed highway bridge in the world.”

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2:12pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Transportation

Experts raise concern about Bay Bridge rods

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge
Isabel Angell

Two Bay Area engineers have released a scathing report about the official analysis of the broken rods on the Bay Bridge, Charles Piller of the Sacramento Bee reports.

The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee conducted the analysis after 32 key seismic rods broke on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge back in March.

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4:59pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Transportation

Old Bay Bridge is coming down, without a bang

photo by Isabel Angell


The old eastern span of the Bay Bridge stands empty. Its job is done. Now it’s time for it to come down, and the man overseeing the demolition is Bill Howe, senior engineer with Caltrans.

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5:53pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Transportation

Getting to San Francisco the old-fashioned way

photo by Julie Caine

The BART strike earlier this week left a lot of us scrambling to find a way from point A to point B. To get where we needed to go, we stood in casual carpool lines, boarded unfamiliar buses, and braved brutal traffic on overloaded bridges. But not everybody got to work on wheels.

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