Transportation

4:37pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Transportation

From a pretty big project to an enormous one – a brief history of our $6.4 billion bridge

The view driving across the $6.4 billion bridge
Isabel Angell

The story of the new Bay Bridge really begins in 1989, with the Loma Prieta earthquake. A lot of things collapsed -- including a section of the bridge’s eastern span. California officials realized they needed to do something drastic to protect during the next inevitable quake.

“They talked about renovating the existing bridge and that was going to cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” says William Ibbs.

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8:08am

Tue September 3, 2013
Transportation

New Bay Bridge span opens early, but also a decade late

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge on Friday Aug. 30, before it opened to traffic.
Isabel Angell

The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened last night, about five hours ahead of schedule. That is, if you don't count the extra decade it took to get the bridge built.

California Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty announced the early opening to cheers at the official bridge opening ceremony. 

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9:30am

Thu August 29, 2013
Transportation

No driving Across Bay Bridge, as old span closes to make way for new

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which opens Tuesday, September 3.
Isabel Angell

At 8 p.m. last night, the last car drove across the original eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. If everything goes according to schedule, the new, blinding white span will open to the public on Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. Pacific Time. 

The closure gives construction crews time to finally connect the freeway and island approaches to the new bridge. With the Bay Area’s busiest bridge closed, hundreds of thousands of commuters will be looking for a different way across the Bay.

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11:00am

Wed August 28, 2013
Transportation

SF Bay Area Bike Share launches Thursday

A Bay Area Bike Share kiosk on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. (via Bay Area Bike Share's Twitter)

Bay Area Bike Share will launch its pilot program on Thursday. The $7,000,000 program, which is run by the regional Bay Area Air Quality Management District and city transit agencies, will roll out 700 bikes at 70 kiosks in heavily trafficked commuter areas of San Francisco, San Jose, and three other Peninsula cities.

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4:20pm

Wed August 21, 2013
Transportation

Sky cowboys: The ironworkers who built the new Bay Bridge

Two ironworkers on a barge, under a huge crane (via Jerry Kubala Jr.)


The first thing you should know about ironworkers is that they don’t make things out of iron, like horseshoes. They’re builders. Ironworkers from Local 377 built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Tower, and the Bank of America skyscraper right here in San Francisco. Today, the union’s biggest and most eye-catching project is the new Bay Bridge’s signature suspension span – the huge white tower and cables that reach over five hundred feet into the sky. The second thing you should know is that they’re pretty ballsy.

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