New Bay Bridge Opening Completes Decades-Long Dream

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge Monday night marks the end of a lengthy process that began shortly after a section of the old span collapsed in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, killing one person and forcing it to be closed for a month.

Elected leaders and transportation officials realized soon after the temblor on Oct. 17, 1989, that the span needed to be retrofitted or replaced so the bridge would be safe during an earthquake, but squabbling over the design and route for a new span delayed work for many years.

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“The story is ending well but the road to get here was far too long and far too winding,” said…

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