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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Aug 25, 2013.
From SF Gate:
Lengthy, costly trail to Bay Bridge's eastern span
FULL ARTICLE HERE
This is a fascinating story of design by committee. :nono2:
I was sure I was just showing my age when I had the reaction above. Then I read this quote:
Let's just hope the bridge does better than the dot-com boom which collapsed. :sure:
I have a side interest in various types of bridges. The unusual configuration of this cable stayed span is somewhat concerning. I'd think a smaller demonstration span (say a pedestrian span on a college campus somewhere) might have been a good idea, building such a large novel design in a demanding environment (earthquakes, salt spray, high humidity, large and variable live loads, demanding foundation requirements) might 'bite' somebody in the butt.
"World's Toughest Fixes", episode 12 season 2 (available on Netflix), showed removing a section of the old bridge and inserting the 'S' curve over a Labor Day weekend. Pretty cool stuff.
I didn't know all the details of the new bridge, but as one commenter said, 'the west coast Big Dig.'.
That is what came to my mind when I read this article.