The self-anchored suspension tower may be what makes the new Bay Bridge tower iconic, but a hidden aspect of the structure actually acts as the nerve center of the new eastern span. The hollow center of the new Bay Bridge is essentially a corridor that runs 1.7 miles from the middle of the bay all the way to Oakland.
Caltrans saw the problem coming, and has spent about a half a million dollars building small platforms into the new span. They are being called cormorant condos, designed as a place where the birds can make a new home.
An investigation into an accident that toppled a crane working on the Bay Bridge Thursday is expected to take around a month but shouldn’t delay construction or the new bridge’s opening, officials said Friday.
Let the countdown begin to the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. It’s set to open the Tuesday after Labor Day 2013.
At Sacramento-based MCM Construction, bridges are their business. They have worked on between 1,200 and 1,500 bridges in California alone. These days there is no bigger project than the new span of the Oakland Bay Bridge. It’s been MCM’s home away from home for the last 6 years.
The new bicycle only path on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge will be a magnet for cycling enthusiasts who hope to one day connect Oakland and San Francisco via the bridge.
It rises some 525 feet above the bay, blazing white against the sky. The centerpiece of a creation blending architecture and engineering in a way never done before.
History will be made even before the opening of the new Bay Bridge Eastern Span. The original bridge will be closed for as many as five days, starting after the evening commute on August 28th and running through Labor Day.
It’s been called the step-child of the mighty Bay Bridge: the East Bay span sees no crowds of tourists taking snapshots, but they may remember the segment that failed.
We call it history, but for 100-year old Nancy Emmons, the opening the original Bay Bridge is a real memory. She was a 23-year old Indiana girl coming to the Bay Area for an adventure.