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  • [San Francisco] Charges dismissed against 25 who protested on Bay Bridge during MLK Day

    11/18/2016 7:22:14 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    KTVU [Oakland] ^ | Nov 18 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Charges against 25 protesters who stopped traffic on the Bay Bridge in January were dismissed this morning by a San Francisco Superior Court judge, according to an attorney representing the group. The group, known collectively as the Bay Bridge 25, was arrested on Jan. 18 on the bridge on suspicion of misdemeanors, including obstructing traffic on a freeway, public nuisance and unlawful assembly, in addition to having their cars impounded.
  • Black Lives Matters Demonstrators Block All Westbound Lanes Of Bay Bridge [San Francisco]

    01/18/2016 4:42:59 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 60 replies
    CBS SF ^ | January 18, 2016
    YERBA BUENA ISLAND (CBS SF) -- Protesters shut down the westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge just east of Treasure Island Monday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Protesters announced just before 4 p.m. they had shut down Bay Bridge traffic heading into San Francisco. They posted photos of several protesters chained to cars stopped across the bridge. Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings.
  • Fears of failure grow for rods on Bay Bridge eastern span

    10/25/2015 12:01:20 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 134 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | Oct. 25, 2015 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    New documents raise questions about the integrity of the steel rods that hold together the Bay Bridge eastern span and point to potentially widespread problems that experts warn could lead to premature failure.
  • $40G per bird? California cormorants refuse to budge from bridge being demolished

    11/10/2014 7:01:11 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    foxnews ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Claudia Cowan
    Now that a crucial section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been replaced by a new $6.4 billion span, nobody needs it anymore -- nobody except about 800 birds who call the decrepit, 78-year-old segment home. The double-breasted cormorants - protected, though not endangered - have nested along the bridge for decades, and have so far shown no interest in relocating to the shiny new section that replaced the eastern section of the famed bridge. Officials have tried pricey decoys, bird recordings and even specially-made nests installed underneath the new span to lure them roughly 100 feet next door....
  • $40G per bird? California cormorants refuse to budge from bridge slated for demolition

    11/10/2014 2:22:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Claudia Cowan
    Video at link. Now that a crucial section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been replaced by a new $6.4 billion span, nobody needs it anymore -- nobody except about 800 birds who call the decrepit, 78-year-old segment home. The double-breasted cormorants - protected, though not endangered - have nested along the bridge for decades, and have so far shown no interest in relocating to the shiny new section that replaced the eastern section of the famed bridge. Officials have tried pricey decoys, bird recordings and even specially-made nests installed underneath the new span to lure them roughly 100...
  • Jerry Brown Passes Buck on Troubled New Bay Bridge

    08/10/2014 7:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May. Before Brown's 2010 election victory, which made him the boss of all Caltrans, Brown was the mayor of Oakland whose political posturing helped delay the retrofit of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, made necessary after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake knocked down a chunk of the span. It took 24 years and $5 billion more than the original budget for the state to complete the $6.4 billion span. Before the new span even opened, the...
  • New Bay Bridge shows signs of rust in critical areas [San Francisco]

    04/14/2014 2:27:30 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | April 13, 2014 | Charles Piller
    Some of the most vulnerable and integral cable sections and rods on the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting. The bridge suspension span and iconic tower rely on an unusual design: A single cable, comprising 137 steel strands, loops over the tower and under the bridge to hold it up. That cable is secured on the eastern edge of the span, inside chambers designed to keep out water and marine air to prevent corrosion. But a Sacramento Bee investigation found that inside one of the chambers, where the suspension cable is attached, the cable strands and rods...
  • Bridge Engineers Say California Ordered Flaws Overlooked

    01/26/2014 11:08:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Bloomberg | January 25, 2014 | James Nash
    <p>Can't post that Bloomberg text shite on here. Follow the linkie.</p>
  • Experts raise new doubts about essential Bay Bridge rods

    12/08/2013 12:37:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 8, 2013 | Charles Piller
    Yun Chung, a retired engineer and metallurgist, read the official report explaining why massive, high-strength steel rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge broke last March and was stunned – then alarmed. At first glance, Chung said about the July report, he saw obvious errors – some typographical, others that confused basic terminology. Digging deeper, he discovered more important problems. He concluded that the analysis defied metallurgical science and common sense. “I think it’s very shameful that in this public document, this important (oversight) report, there are so many errors. (I have) a sense of outrage,” Chung said in...
  • Bay Bridge bike path in works [western span, $500 million for path]

    09/04/2013 5:12:21 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 4, 2013 | Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
    With the east span finally open, planners are already at work on the next mega-Bay Bridge project - a $1 billion-plus makeover of the western span that would include a $500 million hanging bike path. "I'm sure the bike advocates are going to start agitating for that" soon, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Executive Director Steve Heminger said from the stage at Monday's bridge re-opening ceremony. They already are. --SNIP-- But the biggest challenge of all could be selling toll-paying commuters on the idea. Drivers are already paying up to $6 at peak hours to cross the Bay Bridge. Redoing the western...
  • Tourist family takes GoCar too far — over Bay Bridge

    07/28/2013 8:13:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 24 | Ellen Huet
    <p>A family of four touring San Francisco in a GoCar Monday took a wrong turn and ended up getting stranded halfway across the Bay Bridge, authorities said.</p> <p>The California Highway Patrol responded around 2 p.m. to calls of a caravan of GoCars chugging along slowly in the left lane of the Bay Bridge, heading toward Oakland, said Officer Mike Ferguson.</p>
  • Bay Bridge shock absorbers spring leak (Retrofit parts gone bad.. what else is new?)

    07/20/2013 9:04:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/19/13 | Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
    While broken bolts on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge are commanding everyone's attention, Caltrans has another problem on its hands - 96 seismic shock absorbers on the western span, some of which began leaking lubricant just three years after they were installed. The estimated cost of the fix - $13 million. And, like the brittle bolts on the eastern span, there are questions as to whether Caltrans ordered the right shocks - or dampers, as they are known - in the first place. The dampers are located between the bridge towers just below the roadway, and are...
  • A Few Screws Loose on Achy-Breaky Bay Bridge

    05/19/2013 10:21:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown recently stepped in it when a reporter asked him about the Bay Bridge. In March, 32 of 96 key rods in the under-construction eastern span cracked after they were tightened. Dao Guv -- who, as Oakland's mayor, helped delay construction of the new span to win a tony, world-class design -- gave the wrong answer: "(Scatological stuff) happens." The state Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held a hearing Tuesday to find out how such stuff happens. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, wants to know. As a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in 1998,...
  • Bay Bridge repair could cost $5M to $10M

    05/08/2013 11:50:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 11:05 a.m.
    The rods connect steel earthquake safety devices to the deck of the bridge and a large concrete cap. They snapped while being tightened in March.
  • Gov. Brown on Bay Bridge Bolt Problem: S--- Happens

    05/07/2013 4:46:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, May 7, 2013
    Brown says public still confident in Bay BridgeGov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he believes the public still has confidence in the safety of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge despite concerns about construction of the $6.4 billion span that is scheduled to open later this year. State transportation officials recently disclosed that nearly three dozen seismic safety bolts on the eastern span of the bridge had broken. But Brown says people generally understand there will be construction problems on major infrastructure projects. "Don't know if it's a setback. I mean, look, sh&# happens. That's all I can say,'' Brown...
  • Bay Bridge technicians 'listen' for cracking in the steel anchor rods (CalTRans at its finest)

    05/06/2013 8:01:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 5/6/13 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen - Contra Costa Times
    OAKLAND — Strategically positioned high above the water, in a narrow crawl space between the new Bay Bridge deck and the top of its big pier east of the tower, instruments are listening for the sounds of cracking inside steel anchor rods. Caltrans placed 10 acoustic emission sensors on select rods in early April after some of the massive bolts -- 3 inches in diameter and 17 to 24 feet long -- snapped and triggered widespread worry about the replacement eastern span's seismic safety. The instrument records the energy produced when a crack initiates, spreads or moves within the rod,...
  • More than 30 massive earthquake safety bolts on San Francisco’s newly redesigned Bay Bridge fail....

    03/31/2013 3:07:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5:26 PM | David Knowles /
    SAN FRANCISCO --The most expensive public works project in California history just got a little more so. At least 32 massive seismic stabilizing bolts on San Francisco’s newly redesigned eastern span of the Bay Bridge failed during a stress test earlier this month, imperiling the structure’s Labor Day weekend grand opening. Of the span’s 96 bolts, which range in length from 9 to 17 feet, 32 snapped when stress meant to simulate the lateral motion of a large earthquake was introduced, the Sacramento Bee reported
  • Bay Bridge inspections: busted bolts

    03/27/2013 9:25:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/27/13 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    At least 30 of the giant bolts that hold together the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge have snapped. As a result, Caltrans is considering replacing all 288 of the bolts on the new bridge before it opens, The Chronicle has learned. Caltrans insists the new span is safe and that plans to open it the day after Labor Day are still on track. However, officials say it's too early to determine how long it will take to fix the problem - or the cost. Toll Bridge Program Manager Tony Anziano said engineers are "pretty confident" the...
  • Bay Bridge party toll: $37 per walker [San Francisco-Oakland]

    02/13/2013 7:58:58 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Bay Area bridge commuters will be ponying up $37 for each of the 150,000 people expected to walk across the new Bay Bridge span during the big Labor Day opening celebration. That's the breakdown on the math for the $5.6 million in toll money going toward the public side of the public-private celebration marking completion of the new eastern span.
  • [Red] Chinese road builder trips up on European project

    06/05/2012 7:34:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    SKIERNIEWICE, Poland -- Chinese companies have wowed the world with superhighways, high-speed trains and snazzy airports, all built seemingly overnight. Yet a modest highway through Polish potato fields proved to be too much for one of China's biggest builders. The A2 highway between Warsaw and Berlin was supposed to be an opportunity for Chinese construction to shine on a European stage after years of megaprojects at home and in the developing world. Poland badly wanted the project completed before the European soccer championships starting June 8, which Poland is hosting for the first time with Ukraine. Instead, a key 30-mile...