Thursday, August 29, 2013

SF Bay Bridge Closure -- to open new eastern span

Bay Bridge Opens Again: 5AM, Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Eastbound video simulation:

Westbound video simulation:

Source (for both videos): SFist

Cheap date suggestion: Sort of run out of gas somewhere on the new eastern span in the (ample) guardrail shoulder. Call for roadside service. Enjoy viewing the Bay Area Region all around you while waiting for a tow truck -- well okay, it might not work. The transportation and transit planners (And insurance companies and California Highway Patrol.) probably thought of that.

Labor Day Weekend 2013: Closed for Construction
Excerpt "... [San Francisco-Oakland (I-80) Bay Bridge] will be shut down from 8PM, Thursday, August 28, until 5AM, Tuesday, September 3, 2013 while workers take the bridge’s original East Span out of service and open the new bridge to traffic ...
The opening of the new eastern span comes almost 24 years after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake snapped a section of the bridge, and almost 12 years since construction started ...
Caltrans says it successfully closed the bridge without significant traffic backups during Labor Day weekends in 2006, 2007, and 2009, by taking advantage of historically light traffic on the bridge during the holiday weekend."
Source: Caltrans

Fourth Closure on a Labor Day Weekend
(Excerpt) "While the Bay Bridge was closed during Labor Day weekends in 2006, 2007 and 2009, essential construction work was successfully completed on schedule ... Experience gained from previous closures will help us perform this construction safely again ...
Since 1936, the original East Span has facilitated the movement of people and goods ... The 7.1-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 ... exposed the vulnerability of the existing East Span ... Following the safe rerouting of traffic ... the original East Span will be demolished; that process will take approximately three years."
Source: Bay Bridge Information


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