In 1989, during the Loma Prieta earthquake, a section of the San Francisco Bay Bridge (from Oakland aka "The East Bay" to SF) collapsed. People immediately leapt to an understanding that the bridge was seismically unsound, and needed to be replaced.
Fast forward (?!) 24 years to 2013, and last night saw the opening of the new bridge--and we were there.
|No, silly, not THAT bridge!|
They were late--more like 10:15, but we got to cross, and I hope the kids remember being there. The bridge is a work of art (which is a source of controversy in itself, but I'm kind of glad it's not bland--the Bay deserves art, not bland). Took a while for traffic to get rolling, and there was a pretty good jam at the toll plaza, but then we were on the bridge, with the lights illuminating the single tower and angled cables, and everything shining and new--except the old span, alongside, looking sad and weary (built in 1936, I think).
I don't have my own picture, and to avoid accidentally stealing something not in the public domain, I'll send you to take a look at the photos in the SF Chronicle.
I just hope the boys don't fall asleep in class today, since the delay meant getting home well after 11!