Retrofit

San Francisco: Living On Borrowed Time?

San Francisco To ‘Shame’ Property Owners Into Earthquake-Retrofitting Their Buildings

San Francisco will employ a new method of getting property owners to reinforce their buildings to better withstand earthquakes – shaming them into retrofitting their buildings.

09/16/2014

(CBS SF)

Interstate 280 Set To Reopen On Time Tuesday Morning After Labor Day Weekend Shutdown

Caltrans’ work is right on schedule for the Interstate 280 earthquake retrofit work, and the San Francisco portion affected should reopen on time Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m. after being closed since Thursday afternoon so work could take place during the lighter Labor Day Weekend traffic.

09/01/2014

(CBS SF)

Some Oakland Landlords Forgo Retrofitting Thousands Of Quake Prone Buildings

Every time there’s a quake come the reminders about being prepared and the need to upgrade old buildings. But some owners are skipping the retrofitting altogether.

08/29/2014

(CBS SF)

Highway 280 Labor Day Weekend Shutdown Starts Thursday Afternoon

Commuters should brace for another closure of a portion of Interstate 280 in San Francisco this Labor Day Weekend.

08/27/2014

A car damaged by falling bricks is seen in downtown Napa, California after earthquake struck the area in the early hours of August 24, 2014. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Napa Quake Aftermath: Engineering Expert Blasts Napa, California Building Owners For Not Complying With Law Passed 24 Years Ago

A structural engineers group is blasting Napa building owners for failing to retrofit their properties as mandated by a state law passed in 1990.

08/26/2014

An inspection tag marking a structure as unsafe following the Loma Prieta Earthquake. (CBS)

Napa Quake Serves As Wake-Up Call To Thousands Of Un-Screened Soft Story Buildings In San Francisco

San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection is hoping that the Napa earthquake will be a wakeup call for owners of 2,000 soft story apartment buildings that have not been screened for seismic safety.

08/25/2014

Crews working on the Interstate Highway 280 retrofit Memorial Day weekend. (CBS SF)

Interstate 280 Construction Progressing On Schedule, So Far

The bridge hinge construction project that was taking place along Interstate Highway 280 throughout the Memorial Day weekend was moving along on schedule according to a Caltrans spokesperson.

05/24/2014

Aerial view of connector ramp from Interstate 5 to Highway 14 in Southern California after the Northridge earthquake in 1994.

Leading Geophysicist Warns Californians Not Ready For Next Big Quake

Despite the many seismic improvements throughout Bay Area since Loma Prieta, one leading earthquake expert is urging more Californians to take out insurance that will protect against damage from a major quake.

02/13/2014

A soft-story residential building damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. (ABAG)

About The Bay: The Hard Reality Of SF’s Soft-Story Buildings

Own a “soft story building” in San Francisco? Expect to be hearing from the City of San Francisco over the next few months.

06/03/2013

A view of the roadway on the new Bay Bridge eastern span. (CBS)

Expert Says More Than 600 Bay Bridge Rods Too Hard, Vulnerable To Cracking

An expert says that more than 600 high-strength rods and bolts used to secure seismic equipment on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are harder than the typical levels and are vulnerable to cracking.

06/01/2013

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