Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dumbarton Bridge

Photo Source: From the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, as shown here.

'Engrossing Horizontality'
(Excerpt) "...The Dumbarton Bridge and the structures around it provide unusual access to the engrossing horizontality of south Bay shorescape. While the road bridge offers good views of the Bay, the two piers - the former road bridge next to the current one - and their access roads, allow a closer interaction with the brittle, foamy salt ponds with desiccated wooden debris, electrical towers and levees ..."

Vehicle Bay Crossing
Rebuilt in 1984, the Dumbarton Bridge is currently the only transportation bridge operating in the Dumbarton Rail Corridor. This vehicle bay crossing is the southernmost toll bridge across San Francisco Bay in the Bay Area Region. The toll revenues are managed by the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA). Amazingly, there is a hiking trail segment that also crosses the Bay on this bridge.
(Excerpt) "... This segment of the Bay Trail is not for the faint-hearted ... It's a busy bridge, with an average of over 60,000 vehicles using it daily ... it can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you are nervous or acrophobic. Constant automobile traffic roars by at freeway speeds a scant few feet from the trail ... the traffic shakes the bridge, which feels like minor earthquakes. The trail starts at Bay level, but gradually [in the approximately one mile crossing] rises high above the swirling waters of the Bay. Strong Bay breezes seem to be constantly trying to push you ... However, the trail ... provides unique and spectacular views of the Bay and Bay Area ... ".
Source: Bay Trail - Dumbarton Bridge

Saving the Bay
This 4-hour episodic documentary was cosponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and will be broadcast by KQED Public Media for Northern California, beginning October 8, 2009.
(Excerpt) "... KQED announces an unprecedented look at the storied history of San Francisco Bay with Saving the Bay (, four one-hour episodes tracing the Bay from its geologic origins following the last Ice Age, through years of catastrophic exploitation, to the restoration efforts of today. Narrated by famed actor and environmentalist Robert Redford ...
... KQED Education Network will prepare extensive learning materials for classroom use of Saving the Bay. The education efforts focus on creating resources for San Francisco Bay Area informal and community-based education organizations who wish to use the series as part of their work with teachers and students from schools and youth organizations, and in public programs ..."