Since we live in the East Bay, any trip to San Francisco requires crossing a body of water. There are several ways to do this, BART (the train system), Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge are 3. My #10 is driving across the new Bay Bridge. I know, not a major thing, but it is something I had never done before and that’s what these postings are about. The new Bay Bridge is actually the replacement of the eastern span of the bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco. The original bridge was damaged during the 1989 earthquake (side note: hopefully an earthquake will never make it to this list…). Construction began in 2002 and was expected to end in 2007. However, due to a number of setbacks, the bridge, which is estimated to have cost over $6 billion (I know, I know) did not open until September 2013. It is said to be the world’s widest bridge, built to last 150 years and withstand the largest earthquake expected in 1500 years (no idea how that is calculated, but that’s what they say).
|This shot is one of many posted online after the bridge opened. The source was not cited.|
|AP PHOTO/BAY AREA NEWS GROUP, LAURA A. ODA|