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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Months after they welcomed the new $500-million Carquinez suspension bridge with cheers and champagne, residents are now complaining about noise. They say the bridge, which is three to four decibels higher than the steel bridge it replaced, is too loud. The noise level in surrounding neighborhoods ranges from 67 to 75 decibels -- comparable to the sound of a vacuum cleaner, according to Caltrans.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A state-sanctioned oversight panel on Thursday announced that  officials would press ahead with plans to open the troubled eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to traffic around Labor Day weekend. The single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge -- which stretches from Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the bay to Oakland -- initially was scheduled for a celebratory unveiling Labor Day weekend. But the project, in the planning since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the original eastern stretch, has been fraught with problems.
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NEWS
September 14, 1985 | Associated Press
Italy plans to build the world's longest suspension bridge, to link Sicily and the Italian mainland, it was disclosed Friday. The span would be 10,800 feet long, more than double the 4,260-foot length of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York City, the longest existing suspension bridge.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge inaugurated during its 75th anniversary in 2012 are back for a second season starting April 1. Fans and even locals give this tour high marks on Yelp for the engaging back-story about the bridge's Art Deco style, the dangers during construction and why civil engineers selected it as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World . Tours last 45 minutes and are offered six times daily through Oct. 6 on...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
With speeches, parades and a blowtorch to cut an iron ribbon, the nation's first major suspension bridge since 1973 opened Saturday, a 3,400-foot span across the Carquinez Strait north of Berkeley. During an afternoon event that attracted thousands to this blue-collar town, Gov. Gray Davis helped ironworkers dedicate the structure by slicing through a ceremonial chain with a blast of fire. "What a magnificent bridge you folks have put together," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The site that Tony Scott chose to end his life at is one Hollywood knows well. The "Top Gun" director leaped from a perch on the 6,060 foot-long Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday, the third-longest suspension bridge in California, and one that has been a set piece in numerous films. Though the San Pedro bridge has been featured in movies including 2000's "Gone in Sixty Seconds" and"Charlie's Angels,"the landmark's biggest role came in 1985's "To Live and Die in L.A. " During production of the William Friedkin action film in 1983, the bridge was closed for two weekends to shoot a chase scene.
NEWS
September 13, 1985 | Associated Press
Italy plans to build the world's longest suspension bridge, to link Sicily and the Italian mainland, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero said today. The span would be 10,800 feet long, more than double the 4,260-foot length of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City--the longest existing suspension bridge. The government has commissioned several studies over the last decade.
NEWS
July 4, 1988 | Associated Press
Premier Turgut Ozal on Sunday inaugurated the second bridge linking Europe to Asia and was the first to cross it after the sacrifice of a sheep under Islamic ritual opened the ceremony. Ozal called the eight-lane, $123-million suspension bridge across the Bosporus strait "a monument symbolizing friendship and cooperation between Turkey and Japan and Italy." The bridge was built by a consortium of Japanese, Italian and Turkish companies.
NEWS
February 8, 1987
Seven years after a ship rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, killing 35 motorists, the bridge's $250-million replacement was dedicated. The new, single span is the longest cable-stayed, concrete segmental suspension bridge in the world, officials said. Thousands of people walked across the 4.1-mile connector between St. Petersburg and Bradenton after it was opened with a parade and a regatta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2003 | Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer
Efforts to protect the Bay Area's biggest bridges against a massive earthquake took a small step forward on Thursday when state officials demonstrated strong-motion monitoring devices on a new suspension bridge across the Carquinez Strait northeast of San Francisco. In the event of an earthquake, the 130 instruments would convey to state authorities an immediate assessment of the intensity of shaking along the $500-million bridge, which will carry westbound traffic from Sacramento toward San Francisco.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The site that Tony Scott chose to end his life at is one Hollywood knows well. The "Top Gun" director leaped from a perch on the 6,060 foot-long Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday, the third-longest suspension bridge in California, and one that has been a set piece in numerous films. Though the San Pedro bridge has been featured in movies including 2000's "Gone in Sixty Seconds" and"Charlie's Angels,"the landmark's biggest role came in 1985's "To Live and Die in L.A. " During production of the William Friedkin action film in 1983, the bridge was closed for two weekends to shoot a chase scene.
WORLD
January 26, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Crossing Scotland's iconic Forth Rail Bridge takes just two minutes. Painting the Victorian-era wonder takes forever. Or so the story goes. Since it opened in 1890, the massive steel structure over the Firth of Forth estuary has been both blessing and curse. For train travelers, it was a boon, allowing them to speed across the swirling water from Edinburgh to points north. To the men charged with keeping the bridge looking red and cheerful, though, it was a boondoggle, a never-ending endeavor that became the stuff of legend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2009 | By Maria L. La Ganga
Benigno Rodriguez, in town for the holidays, has it all figured out. For an elevator ride to the very top of the Golden Gate Bridge's international orange towers, 746 feet above San Francisco Bay, the Madrid native would shell out five bucks. For a chance to tour the famed structure's catwalks beneath the busy roadway, he'd pay another $5. And to climb the sturdy but delicate cables? "Ooh, la, la!" Rodriguez said as he walked the bridge, camera in hand. "Ten dollars." Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the cash-strapped agency that operates America's second-longest -- but arguably most beloved -- suspension bridge is seeking ways to fill its five-year, $132-million deficit without increasing tolls in the near future.
SPORTS
June 24, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
While the Dodgers were playing the 42nd game of Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension Tuesday, Manny Ramirez was doing something very strange. He was playing for the Dodgers. Well, not exactly, but close enough, as he was playing on a Dodgers-sponsored team, with Dodgers-funded teammates and coaches, in a stadium where a portion of the ticket revenue is sent to Major League Baseball. Manny Ramirez playing for the triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes is as weird as the word "isotope."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles port officials said Monday that a ship collided with the Vincent Thomas Bridge over the weekend because an onboard crane was left extended -- not because the bridge was too low. They said they were more concerned about the potential for problems as truck traffic on the bridge increases.
WORLD
February 20, 2005 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
On the island of sea monsters and ghost ships, the thing some people fear most is a gravity-defying creation of modern man -- a 1 1/2 -mile-long bridge across the water to the mainland. For centuries, the Pacific Ocean has sheltered Chiloe Island from change. Long after Chile had established its republican government, warlocks still ruled the island. The people built quaint churches where wood took the place of marble and brick.
NEWS
August 4, 1994
The fight to string lights on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, a 6,060-foot link between Long Beach and San Pedro, got a $50,000 boost recently from the Los Angeles City Council. A group of Harbor-area residents has fought since 1988 to illuminate Southern California's longest suspension bridge, which spans the main channel of the Port of Los Angeles. They argue that the bridge, which fades from view at night, could be a perfect welcoming monument for visitors arriving by air or sea.
NEWS
August 25, 1994 | SUSAN WOODWARD
The fight to string lights on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which spans the main channel of the Port of Los Angeles, got a $50,000 boost recently from the Los Angeles City Council. A group of Harbor area residents has fought since the bridge's 25th anniversary in 1988 to illuminate Southern California's longest suspension bridge, a 6,060-foot link between San Pedro and Long Beach.
WORLD
August 20, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Since the times of their grandfathers' grandfathers, the people here on the tip of Sicily have entertained mankind's desire to tame the Strait of Messina. The treacherous waterway that separates this island from Italy's boot toe daunted Ulysses and Hannibal. Mythical monsters menaced its shores, and invading armadas braved the crossing at great peril. Now, Silvio Berlusconi is taking his turn.
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