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December 24, 2004
Call greasy potatoes "freedom fries" if you like, but what can you call the French bridge across the Tarn River Valley except heavenly, delicate and more than a little breathtaking? We'd call it something like a Gallic slap to California's pride, just days after the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration junked plans for a similarly innovative suspension design across part of San Francisco Bay.
For more than 50 years, the double-deck San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was a celebrated monument of structural engineering--a testament that even without computers or modern testing equipment, engineering wit and instincts could fashion steel-and-concrete spans that would endure. Then came Oct. 17, 1989, when the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake caused a 50-foot upper-deck segment to collapse, killing one motorist.
Pledging to do more if it is needed, Gov. George Deukmejian on Monday signed emergency legislation raising the 6% state sales tax by a quarter-cent for 13 months to provide relief for earthquake-stricken Northern California. Flanked by San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos and more than a dozen state lawmakers at the Ferry Building here, Deukmejian said the legislative package approved in a three-day special session last week proves that Californians in times of crisis stand together as "a family."
September 3, 2005
THE SCENES OF DEVASTATION in New Orleans evoke sadness and compassion everywhere, but in California they also evoke a sense of uncomfortable foreboding. The Santa Monica Freeway -- or I-10, which is buried under water 1,900 miles east of Santa Monica -- isn't the only connective tissue between Los Angeles and the Crescent City. Like the people of New Orleans, Californians clustered around L.A.
August 26, 2007 | Vani Rangachar; Mary E. Forgione; Jane Engle
Lucy is paying Houston a visit Dig those old bones? Lucy (at right), one of the oldest fossils of a hominid, will be on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from Friday to April 20. "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia" will include more than 100 artifacts from museums and private collections from the African nation considered to be the cradle of humankind.
October 29, 2009 | Maura Dolan
Five thousand pounds of metal from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge fell on commuters Tuesday because vibrations, worsened by a windstorm, caused steel rods to break, a spokesman for Caltrans said Wednesday. Bart Fey, the spokesman, said drivers should find "other routes around the Bay Area over the next day or so" while repairs and testing continue. He said the bridge was expected to be closed this morning, and he did not know when it would reopen. The part that failed was installed over the Labor Day weekend in an emergency repair after inspectors discovered a crack in a critical structural beam.
July 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State legislators were disappointed to hear Monday that the opening of a new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be delayed at least three months, until December, in order to strengthen the structure after the failure of several bolts. Four state senators from the Bay Area were briefed on the project behind closed doors. Afterward, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), who is co-chairman of the Bay Area Legislative Caucus, voiced concern that the bridge project faces new delays after already falling years behind schedule.
January 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials on Monday were assessing the damage after an oil tanker crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, with initial reports indicating the vessel did not appear to be leaking. The 752-foot Overseas Reymar hit the tower just west of Yerba Buena Island as it headed to sea after delivering cargo, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Lansing said at a news conference. Lansing said fog had diminished visibility at the time of the accident to about a quarter of a mile, but that there are no sight restrictions on vessels passing under the bridge in that location.
July 3, 2013 | By Anthony York
Just after the San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl in February, Gov. Jerry Brown took part in a live television special, sitting high above San Francisco Bay. The event, produced by the Bay Area's CBS TV station, was billed as an official countdown to the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which is scheduled to be operational by Labor Day. Brown pressed an oversized button which triggered a countdown clock to the bridge's planned...
November 9, 1986 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Engineers say it is the superior structure, but the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has never had the popularity of the Golden Gate Bridge. This rich bridge-poor bridge relationship is particularly apparent this week as San Francisco celebrates the Bay Bridge's 50th birthday-at less than 30 times the cost of the upcoming golden anniversary for the Golden Gate.
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