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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 ^ | 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    Now that a crucial section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been replaced by a new $6.4 billion span, nobody needs it anymore -- nobody except about 800 birds who call the decrepit, 78-year-old segment home.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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • With catwalk lights, new Bay Bridge comes to life

    08/30/2011 12:26:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/30/11 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland -- For the first time since the design of the new east span of the Bay Bridge was selected in 1998, it no longer takes a healthy imagination or a look at artist renderings or models to visualize what it will look like. On Monday night, catwalk lights were switched on at 7:45, giving the Bay Area a preview of the bridge's after-dark appearance when it opens in 2013. A little more than a week ago, construction crews finished hanging orange catwalks that trace the path that the single-tower suspension span's mile-long main cable will follow. Construction of the...
  • BAY BRIDGE CLOSED; Nice/Key/Hatem/Tydings bridges in Wind Warnings

    08/27/2011 6:08:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    MDTA e-mail | August 27, 2011 | MDTA
    MDTA Hurricane Update -- Saturday, Aug. 27 -- 7:45 p.m. BAY BRIDGE CLOSED; Nice/Key/Hatem/Tydings bridges in Wind Warnings The Bay Bridge (US 50/301) was closed at approximately 7:35 p.m. today as a result of severe winds and unsafe driving conditions due to Hurricane Irene. The bridge is experiencing sustained winds of more than 62 mph and wind gusts of 72-80 mph and will remain closed until conditions are deemed safe for vehicles to cross. MDTA's four additional bridges including the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Tydings Memorial Bridge (I-95) and the...
  • Tsunami makes it to Bay Area (see photo)

    03/11/2011 12:59:54 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 35 replies ^ | 3/11/11 | Steven Winter
    Wow!Same photo here. It takes a short to load the above page.
  • Man claims to have explosives on Bay Bridge - San Francisco

    11/11/2010 8:05:08 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 75 replies · 1+ views
    KGO-TV ^ | November 11, 2010 | KGO-TV
    A man who claims to have pipe bombs is threatening to jump off the Bay Bridge. A female got out of the car and said there are five bombs in the vehicle. All westbound traffic is being stopped at the toll plaza.
  • The Brown Wall

    11/02/2010 1:02:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 02, 2010 | Randy Fardal
    President Kennedy made one of his greatest speeches in Berlin. Some debate whether his German intonation was perfect -- "Ich bin ein Berliner" -- but the speech's venue certainly was perfect. Kennedy wanted a side-by-side comparison of limited government versus authoritarian government, and there was no better place to do that than in the artificially divided German city. The speech also employed powerful repetition: "Let them come to Berlin!" Today, there are those who say that America has become more like the dysfunctional, oppressed East Berlin of 1963 than its efficient, free contemporary to the West. New York Times columnist...
  • Bay Bridge steel set to be shipped from China

    12/30/2009 7:43:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,203+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/30/9 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    With much fanfare and celebration - by Chinese steelworkers and Caltrans officials alike - the first steel pieces of the new Bay Bridge suspension span were prepared to ship out of Shanghai on Tuesday - more than a year late but in time to meet a Dec. 31 deadline that officials hope will keep construction on schedule for a 2013 opening. "It's momentous," said Ken Terpstra, Caltrans' project manager for the Bay Bridge, from Shanghai where workers staged a ceremony complete with daytime fireworks. "It was a hard, challenging road, but they're ready to go." The first shipment, delayed by...
  • KTVU Learns Of New Problems That Could Add Costs And Delays To New Bay Bridge Span

    12/04/2009 11:33:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 675+ views
    OAKLAND -- KTVU News has learned a key section of that bridge has been delayed again and Caltrans now is bracing for a new cost over-run in the tens of millions of dollars. The history of the new Bay Bridge has been a troubled one from the time the state decided to replace the old eastern span after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The original price tag of a little more than $1 billion has exploded into more than $6 billion along with numerous delays. Now Channel 2 News has learned that next Wednesday, state and local transportation officials are...
  • Driver dies after truck plummets from Bay Bridge at S-curve

    11/09/2009 7:36:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 120 replies · 3,579+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/9/9 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    <p>A truck driver died early today after losing control on the Bay Bridge S-curve at high speed and plummeting 200 feet below to Yerba Buena Island, the most serious collision yet since the new detour was installed, the California Highway Patrol said.</p>
  • Bay Bridge reopens (FINALLY !!)

    11/02/2009 10:49:36 AM PST · by Zetman · 37 replies · 2,070+ views (San Francsico Chronicle's Web Site) ^ | Monday, November 2, 2009 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The Bay Bridge reopened just after 9 a.m. today, six days after a repair job on a cracked structural beam on the eastern span fell apart and plunged onto the upper deck. Tests conducted overnight and this morning on an altered version of that repair job showed that the fix was holding, Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney said. At 9:01 a.m., a fleet of five California Highway Patrol cars escorted the first private vehicles allowed onto the westbound upper deck since the span was shut down Tuesday evening. About 10 minutes later, the lower deck reopened for traffic heading to the...
  • And They Want to Be Our Health Care Providers

    10/28/2009 9:16:42 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 10/28/2009 | Nancy Tengler
    And They Want to Be Our Health Care Providers In 2002, Caltrans (California Department of Transportation ) began the construction of a new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. The estimated cost was $1.3 billion dollars. The plan? To rebuild rather than retrofit the span after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 caused a section of the bridge to collapse. After a series of delays and cost overruns the bridge is now expected to be complete in 2013 at a total cost to taxpayers of $6.3 billion. Just $5 billion or 384% over budget. That was before the break...
  • Bay Bridge closed after rod snaps, cars hit

    10/27/2009 8:09:38 PM PDT · by Thidwick · 53 replies · 4,449+ views
    SFGate ^ | oct 27, 2009 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Authorities said they are shutting down the Bay Bridge in both directions after pieces of the cantilever section fell during the late-afternoon commute, striking three vehicles on the upper deck, the California Highway Patrol said. Caltrans officials said the parts that fell were two high-strength rods and a saddle that were part of the emergency repair that delayed the opening of the bridge on Labor Day weekend.
  • Bay Bridge crews scuttle to fix span by Tuesday

    09/06/2009 10:29:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,648+ views
    Chronicle ^ | September 6, 2009 | Rachel Gordon,
    Hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters remain in limbo today as crews scramble to complete an emergency repair to the workhorse Bay Bridge. The 73-year-old bridge, crossed by more than 260,000 cars and trucks a day, was shut down for a larger, unrelated seismic upgrade project. Now, crews are working to fix a cracked steel link, called an eyebar, that helps hold up the east span. Inspectors discovered the problem Saturday afternoon, setting in motion a dash to fix a problem that - by itself - would have forced officials to shut down the bridge. "There's a lot of...
  • Truck's speed, size factor in crash (MD-Bay Bridge)

    08/12/2008 11:24:53 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 177+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-12-08 | David C. Lipscomb
    The speed and size of the tractor-trailer involved in the fatal, weekend crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge caused a jersey wall to break and allow the truck to plunge into the shallow water below, Maryland officials said Monday. Geoffrey Kolberg, chief engineer for the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA), said the eastbound span of the bridge, on which the accident took place, is safe despite damage to 8 feet of wall along the right lane and that no structural damage occurred. Mr. Kolberg also said that the Mountaire Farms truck, which was carrying frozen chicken, was traveling westbound when an...
  • Container Ship Gashed In Collision With Bay Bridge

    11/07/2007 10:15:03 AM PST · by yorkie · 83 replies · 756+ views
    KTVU ^ | November 7, 2007
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A 920-foot container ship, heading out of the San Francisco Bay from the Port Of Oakland, collided with a supporting tower of the fog-shrouded Bay Bridge early Wednesday, damaging its hull but it was not known if it caused any damage to the vital traffic artery. The collision happened at about 8:15 a.m. during the morning commute but did not disrupt traffic on the bridge.
  • Steel Magnolia (Rosie O'Donnell As Structural Engineer)

    05/02/2007 4:09:21 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 44 replies · 1,471+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 2 May 2007 | Staff
    Conspiracy: Unless the feds had something to do with it, the theory held by Rosie and others that the Twin Towers were brought down by the Bush administration just crashed and burned on a California freeway. In recent discussions on the jaundiced "View" and her Web site, conspiracy theorist Rosie O'Donnell opined that the 9/11 collapse of the Twin Towers, as well as 7 World Trade Center, marked "the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel." This, she said, is "physically impossible." Well, not exactly. Fire only has to weaken a structure already weakened by, say, a...
  • Truck driver with a record

    05/02/2007 7:57:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1,024+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/2/7 | Debra J. Saunders
    IF YOU'VE turned on your TV or radio this week, you've heard the question: How could a man with James Mosqueda's criminal record possibly have been approved to haul 8,600 gallons of explosive gasoline? There ought to be a law, some say, to ensure that never again will there be a gasoline-fueled fire that melts down part of the MacArthur Maze -- and, they suggest, this never would have happened if the "hazmat driver" did not have a criminal record. In Mosqueda's case, he has a serious criminal history. The tanker truck driver was convicted of a number of crimes,...
  • Car fire eyed in Maze probe (Tanker vs. Freeway story)

    05/01/2007 1:30:01 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies · 869+ views ^ | May 1, 2007
    California Highway Patrol investigators are looking into whether a vehicle fire in the Macarthur Maze just before midnight Saturday was in any way connected to the disastrous gasoline tanker wreck that happened at the same spot just four hours later, destroying part of the interchange. The tanker truck crashed at 3:41 a.m. Sunday on the raised, two-lane connector from westbound Interstate 80 to southbound Interstate 880. Authorities have said the driver, who appears to have been moving at an unsafe speed in a 50 mph zone, hit the right guard rail, causing his fully loaded truck to overturn and burst...
  • Bay Area bridge collapse offers lessons

    05/01/2007 5:57:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies · 1,025+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1 hour, 20 minutes ago | SCOTT LINDLAW,
    SAN FRANCISCO - The experts paid to worry about disasters and terrorism have for years warned of collapsing highway bridges and exploding tanker trucks. They just never foresaw one event that would encompass both. Nonsense Local, state and federal government officials have "war gamed" a failed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge again and again, most recently in November, when a statewide exercise envisioned a 7.9-magnitude earthquake bringing down part of the span. The drills proved useful in responding to Sunday's wreck in which a tanker truck struck a guardrail, overturned and burst into flames, taking down a critical overpass. To some...
  • Driver in Bay Area highway collapse had history of arrests

    04/30/2007 7:36:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 98 replies · 2,070+ views
    AP wire on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/30/07 | Marcus Wohlsen - ap
    The driver who crashed a tanker loaded with gasoline and brought down a heavily trafficked highway overpass was given a commercial trucker's license despite a history of criminal convictions, including drug and burglary arrests. James Mosqueda, 51, of Woodland also got a special hazardous materials endorsement last year from the federal Transportation Security Administration. To get it, he had to undergo an FBI criminal history check and an intelligence background check. "It's reprehensible," said Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, who chairs both the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security. "Someone with that record...
  • Bay Area crash yields commuters’ nightmare

    04/30/2007 11:38:06 AM PDT · by Global2010 · 68 replies · 1,907+ views
    MSNBC Webtv The Oakland Tribune ^ | 5-3-07 | Noah Berger
    A section of highway lies burned and crumbled in Emeryville, Calif. MSNBC video •Tanker explodes April 30: One of the West's most-traveled sections of freeway isn't there anymore. NBC's Stephanie Stanton reports. OAKLAND, Calif. - The threat of a nightmarish morning commute led many Bay Area residents to use public transportation Monday, one day after a fiery tanker crash caused a heavily trafficked section of freeway to collapse.

    04/30/2007 1:10:52 PM PDT · by pissant · 156 replies · 7,743+ views ^ | 4/29/07 | Ann Coulter
    ROSIE: OAKLAND BRIDGE COLLAPSE "INSIDE JOB" - Fiery Crash Collapses Bay Area Freeway (AP) . . . Heat exceeded 2,750 degrees and caused the steel beams holding up the interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 above to buckle and bolts holding the structure together to melt, leading to the collapse, California Department of Transportation director Will Kempton said. ---Ann Coulter, April 29, 2007
  • Highway Collapse Spawns Commuter Nightmare [Burning Fuel Truck Melts Section Of Bay Area Freeway]

    04/30/2007 6:51:00 AM PDT · by bedolido · 29 replies · 1,380+ views
    cbsnew ^ | 04-30-2007 | staff writer
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency following the collapse of one of the San Francisco Bay area's most traveled sections of freeway, as workers began clearing debris from a fiery accident that destroyed an important commuter link.A freeway interchange that funnels traffic off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed onto another highway ramp in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 29, 2007, after a gasoline tanker truck overturned and caught fire.
  • A fiery collapse Gas truck crash cuts critical Bay freeway link

    04/30/2007 5:39:35 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 18 replies · 755+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 30, 2007 | Matt Weiser and Dorothy Korber
    The driver whose truck sparked a spectacular freeway fire in Oakland early Sunday escaped with his life -- a miracle, police say -- but there will be no escaping the Bay Area traffic nightmare his accident has unleashed... At the heart of the traffic knot is the MacArthur Maze, a tangle of freeways at the east end of the Bay Bridge and the site of Sunday's crash and fire. At 3:45 a.m., a truck carrying 8,600 gallons of unleaded gasoline overturned on a freeway transition road, creating an inferno with flames leaping 200 feet high and temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees....
  • Fire from crash collapses Calif. freeway

    04/29/2007 4:44:32 PM PDT · by farlander · 36 replies · 1,042+ views
    OAKLAND, Calif. - A stretch of highway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed Sunday after a gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames, leaving one of the nation's busiest spans in a state of near paralysis. Officials said traffic could be disrupted for months. ADVERTISEMENT Flames shot 200 feet in the air and the heat was intense enough to melt part of the freeway and cause the collapse, but the truck's driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns. No other injuries were reported.
  • Traffic nightmare in San Francisco Bay area

    04/30/2007 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 23 replies · 479+ views
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area is bracing for what promises to be a traffic nightmare for weeks or months to come. A gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Sunday. The fire created such intense heat that a stretch of highway melted and collapsed. The truck's driver walked away with second-degree burns. No other injuries were reported. Authorities say the damage will cause the worst disruption for commuters since the 1989 earthquake that damaged a section of the Bay Bridge itself. Transportation officials say they've already had added trains...
  • Caption the Governator at the CA Highway Collapse

    04/30/2007 9:58:39 AM PDT · by steadcom · 65 replies · 2,090+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/29/2007 | AP/San Francisco Chronicle, David Paul Morris AP/San Francisco Chronicle, David Paul Morris AP/San F
  • THE MAZE MELTDOWN:Despite 2nd-degree burns, driver walked 1 1/2 miles, hailed cab to hospital

    04/30/2007 10:09:28 AM PDT · by radar101 · 30 replies · 1,398+ views
    S F Chron ^ | 30 APRIL 2007 | Demian Bulwa
    James Mosqueda, the driver in Sunday's fiery fuel-tanker crash, climbed out of the cab of his truck just moments before an explosion so powerful and hot that it melted steel and brought down a freeway, witnesses and law enforcement officials said. Mosqueda, a 51-year-old father of three from Woodland (Yolo County), walked away from the wreck -- and kept on walking. He walked for a mile and a half in all -- first along the overpass where he crashed and then for at least 13 blocks through the desolate streets of West Oakland -- to an Arco gas station, where...
  • Collapse an opportunity to reassess bridge safety

    04/30/2007 10:09:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 881+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 4/30/7 | Ian Hoffman
    Burning down a freeway is not easy. But set off enough high-octane fuel at the wrong place and even multiton supporting steel girders turn wobbly as a chocolate bar in the sun. That is what a speeding gasoline trucker managed to do before dawn Sunday to the busiest interchange in Northern California. Authorities still are piecing together how one of the 18-wheelers traversing the Bay daily crashed and erupted into a fireball that collapsed one freeway onto another at untold disruption to regional traffic. Miraculously, no one plunged into the inferno, the void it left behind or the debris below....
  • Fiery Crash Collapses Bay Area Freeway

    04/30/2007 5:34:53 AM PDT · by bikerMD · 18 replies · 760+ views
    AP ^ | April 30, 2007 | MARCUS WOHLSEN
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Sunday, creating such intense heat that a stretch of highway melted and collapsed. Officials predicted a traffic nightmare for Bay Area commuters for weeks or months to come. Flames shot 200 feet in the air, but the truck's driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns. No other injuries were reported in the 3:45 a.m. crash, which officials said could have been deadly had it occurred at a busier time. "I've never seen anything like it," Officer Trent Cross of...
  • Fiery Crash Collapses California Freeway

    04/29/2007 6:41:06 PM PDT · by jdietz · 15 replies · 1,112+ views
    AP ^ | 4/29/2007 | MARCUS WOHLSEN
    What strikes me as strange is a gasoline truck fire can melt and collasp a freeway and ther are no conspiracy nuts hollering. But, when the government said jet fuel weakened the steel in the Twin Towers everyone said it was impossible. So, it must be George Bush;s fault.