The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 4, 2008
Web site highlights work on Bay Bridge

BAY BRIDGE model.JPGHere's a cool new Web site about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that shows off all of the work that CalTrans and its partners are performing to upgade the busy span. You can click here to access a dozen video clips, fly over simulations, mini-documentaries and more on Bay Bridge 360. Just click on the multi-colored dots at different points on the span.

One time-lapse clip compresses the amazing Yerba Buena Viaduct project into about 30 seconds. You'll recall that C.C. Meyers Inc. over last year's Labor Day weekend demolished the football field-sized span and replaced it.

Another clip simulates soaring through the "self-anchored suspension span," which will be the most striking feature of the retrofitted bridge. "Wrangling Rebar" shows construction crews working in unique and precarious situations.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, based in Oakland, produced Bay Bridge 360.

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