Golden Gate Bridge

6:11pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Life and Death of The Golden Gate Bridge (In Movies)

The Golden Gate Bridge after a Kaiju attack (from "Pacific Rim")

Disasters often befall the Golden Gate Bridge. You know, in movies.

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5:23pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Transportation

What could collapse the Golden Gate Bridge?

The Golden Gate Bridge, standing strong.
Isabel Angell

Throughout film history, the Golden Gate Bridge has been leveled in earthquakes, ripped apart by apes, melted, and even bitten in half by a mega-shark.

But how would the iconic span fare in more realistic disaster scenarios? We're going to take a close look at three very real situations – overcrowding, a tsunami, and an earthquake – and find out if those disasters could bring down the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hassan Astaneh is a professor of structural engineering and bridge engineering at UC Berkeley.

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5:33pm

Thu June 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

“Guardian of the Golden Gate” spent career preventing suicides

 

For 23 years, retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Briggs patrolled the Golden Gate Bridge for suicide jumpers. He talked hundreds of people off the ledge and back onto the bridge and earned the nickname, “The Guardian of the Golden Gate.” His powers of persuasion were the doorway between life and death. Sometimes, unfortunately, they just weren’t enough.

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8:16am

Fri November 15, 2013
Transportation

Golden Gate Bridge Tolls Could Hit $8

The Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza
Isabel Angell

According to projections, within five years, a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge could cost as much as $8. Officials say it's a necessary trade-off, as tolls help subsidize the area's ferry and bus service.

The board for the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District is meeting this Friday to discuss the toll increase, which they say is necessary to offset a $142 million budget shortfall over the next five years.

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5:57pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Golden Gate Bridge Foghorn

Nautical chart showing the Golden Gate Bridge foghorns
Julie Caine

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