October 31, 2008
Bay Bridge + sun -- it's Sky Watch Friday !
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photo by Donald Kinney
Whoopie -- it's Sky Watch Friday !
This is the "Bay Bridge", San Francisco's "other" bridge, and built at about the same time -- 1936. It's eight miles of traffic-from-hell if you have to join the commute...
Currently the cantilever sections on the Oakland side are being replaced with a massively expensive modern bridge. In our last big shaker (the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989) a section of the eastern upper deck of the cantilever span pulled out of place and smashed to the roadway below, killing one man and injuring others. Many more died from being pan-caked and trapped within the Cypress Structure, a double-decker connecting highway to the Bay Bridge.
Be careful out there on the roads today, folks... It's raining cats-and-dogs here in California this morning -- fortunately I don't have to get out in it. Kitty just went out and got all wet taking a poop. Life goes on in California...
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