I Thought We Were One Ugly Bridge Short

Thankfully, not for long.

Seems the signature single single tower suspension span that would’ve replaced the rickety eastern portion of the Bay Bridge is moving toward being scrapped in favor of a plain, concrete viaduct. One long road from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island.

I’ll save the politicking for my own site, but from an SF point of view – this bridge needs to last a long time. So, leaving aside the seismic considerations (last time I checked, suspension bridges are still sturdier than static concrete structures, but I’m sure technology has progressed, and many thing are possible with rebar), what about aestetics? What Caltrans project DOESN’T run hideously over budget? And if you thought it was going to take a long time to get a bridge before . . . .

Shoot, just spend more. This part of the world is all about bridges anyway. Build the fancypants bridge that Bay Area folk feel they deserve. And, frankly, considering the amount of time people spend on the bridge, it should be easy in the eyes – even as it will only get harder on the wallet.

I think the word I’m looking for on the new viaduct is fugly.

2 Comments so far

  1. brian lam (unregistered) on December 10th, 2004 @ 1:14 am

    I heard that post tension concrete is super strong. I don’t know how I know that, though.


  2. Gurpal (unregistered) on December 10th, 2004 @ 9:45 am

    You couldn’t have chosen a better word to describe the viaduct. I’m no engineer, but if the suspension bridge is not an option, how about making it at least resemble the western span?? Thats gotta be cheaper no? And at least it’ll look like one bridge.



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