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Bay Bridge closed again!

Original post made on Oct 28, 2009

The Bay Bridge was shut down last night and is expected to stay closed indefinitely after a piece of the bridge fell onto the westbound upper deck at 5:30 p.m., injuring one driver.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 9:37 PM

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Oct 28, 2009 at 8:42 am

C.C. Myers Construction Company to the rescue once again--what an American success story Mr.C.C. Myers and his great team of workers and subcontractors who are always able get right on these emergency projects and get them fixed as soon as possible--it is an only in America success story--go C.C. Myers!!!


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Posted by ???
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:03 am

C.C. Myers does have a good track record but didn't they install the "Fix" in the first place?

It will be interesting to learn why this failed – Design oversight, Workmanship, Material failure?


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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:08 am

I find it amazing that after years of work and billions of dollars we have pieces of this bridge falling off after supposedly being repaired, and are no closer to having an earthquake-safe, reliable bridge in place.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

Well, The original fix was rushed because of all the impatient people who refuse to BART or find other means of transportation....Lets hope this time the fix takes as long as needed so no one gets seriously hurt.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2009 at 6:39 pm

The enviro-nazis killed the "southern crossing" bridge plan about a decade ago. Too bad, we sure could use it during these emergency situations.

BART solves some transit problems, but not the answer for some of us who have to use our cars and trucks for work.


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Posted by Bonnie
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Bridge was jinxed from day 1..first with the affirmative action contractor using 'USED second hand' concrete; next the cracked steel beam; then S semi-truck overturned on S curve, now a cable dangling the faulty steel beam crashing into 3 cars...A miracle somebody wasn't killed.


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Posted by Robin
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 29, 2009 at 9:09 am

Why does no ever discuss the fact that the new Bay Bridge has been in the process of being built since the 1989 Earthquake. I would love to see a cost comparison of the bridge if it had been built 1989-1993 vs the long drawn out process that this bridge is now costing us. This bridge is the best example of all that is wrong with our current systems, goverment bureacracy, lack of corporate values and morals, and narrow minded self-interested lobbyist/groups. CC Meyer has come to the rescue at great cost to the taxpayers in this state, when in reality the situations that have required their services should never have come into play.


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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm


They should have done the safety testing (ultrasound, xray, etc.) immediately after they noticed the first crack.


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Posted by Franikie
a resident of Lemoine Ranch
on Oct 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

"Why does no ever discuss the fact that the new Bay Bridge has been in the process of being built since the 1989 Earthquake. I would love to see a cost comparison of the bridge if it had been built 1989-1993 vs the long drawn out process that this bridge is now costing us. This bridge is the best example of all that is wrong with our current systems, goverment bureacracy, lack of corporate values and morals, and narrow minded self-interested lobbyist/groups."

It's all the environmentalist redtape that causes every project to at least quadrouple in cost and time.


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Posted by tyu
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I kind of assume it was partially caused by the wind, or the wind sped up the process of failure. Thank god it wasn't an earthquake that might of set off a chain reaction of destruction. No contractor is beholdant to commuters, there job is to do it right the first time.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 30, 2009 at 9:50 am

@ Arroyo - yeah, we should just screw the Bay and the entire regional ecosystem so you are not inconvenienced for a couple of days. Why stop at one bridge, let's just pave over the entire Bay!


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hah! Now, why didn't I think of that? How about 10,000 bike lanes laid side by side? With 5,000 HOV lanes for alternative energy autos, and 1 lane for gasoline powered cars at a toll of $1000 per trip. Happy now?


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hah! Now, why didn't I think of that? How about 10,000 bike lanes laid side by side? With 5,000 HOV lanes for alternative energy autos, and 1 lane for gasoline powered cars at a toll of $1000 per trip. Happy now?


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hah! Now, why didn't I think of that? How about 10,000 bike lanes laid side by side? With 5,000 HOV lanes for alternative energy autos, and 1 lane for gasoline powered cars at a toll of $1000 per trip. Happy now?


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Sorry, for the duplicate posts -- network problems at my end.


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