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The best spot to view the Bay Bridge is from the Embarcadero between Brannan and Howard Streets. The [[Bay Bridge Work|Bay Bridge]], built between 1933 and 1936, is an indispensable artery for the economic lifeblood of the Bay Area. Every once in awhile it gets shut down, and Bay Area business screeches to a halt. In 1980, a barrel fell out of a truck crossing the bridge during morning rush hour, releasing a mysterious white powder that quickly spread across the roadway. Traffic stopped completely as the emergency toxic spill squad rushed to the scene, fearing that the white powder could be PCBs, plutonium, or some such deadly substance. It took them until evening to get it all swept up, during which time cars remained stuck, stationary, on the bridge. Many thousands of workers failed to show up in downtown San Francisco that day, with a total cost in lost productivity running well into the millions. When the toxics squad finally got the stuff back to the lab and ran tests on it, they discovered it was white flour. The next day, an embarrassed truck driver admitted that it must have fallen from his truck he hadn't even noticed.
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The best spot to view the Bay Bridge is from the Embarcadero between Brannan and Howard Streets. The [[Bay Bridge Work|Bay Bridge]], built between 1933 and 1936, is an indispensable artery for the economic lifeblood of the Bay Area.  
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[[Image:Under Bay Bridge Jan 3 1937 Ben Valdez 411293 4269558294080 1164079004 o.jpg|720px]]
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'''Under the Bay Bridge, January 3, 1937.'''
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''Photo: courtesy Ben Valdez''
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Every once in awhile it gets shut down, and Bay Area business screeches to a halt. In 1980, a barrel fell out of a truck crossing the bridge during morning rush hour, releasing a mysterious white powder that quickly spread across the roadway. Traffic stopped completely as the emergency toxic spill squad rushed to the scene, fearing that the white powder could be PCBs, plutonium, or some such deadly substance. It took them until evening to get it all swept up, during which time cars remained stuck, stationary, on the bridge. Many thousands of workers failed to show up in downtown San Francisco that day, with a total cost in lost productivity running well into the millions. When the toxics squad finally got the stuff back to the lab and ran tests on it, they discovered it was white flour. The next day, an embarrassed truck driver admitted that it must have fallen from his truck he hadn't even noticed.
  
 
''--Dr. Weirde''
 
''--Dr. Weirde''

Revision as of 22:38, 6 January 2013

Unfinished History

Baybridge-with-old-skyline-c1958-photo-by-Kurt-Bank.jpg

1958 photo of Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline from Yerba Buena Island.

Photo: Kurt Bank

Exiting-Bay-Bridge-1953ish 3002.jpg

Before the Bay Bridge was linked to the freeway system after 1953 cars got on and off on long cement ramps that hit the city streets on 5th between Harrison and Bryant. In those days car traffic was limited to the top deck, where there were three lanes in each direction.

Bay-bridge-ramps-1953ish 2998.jpg

Photos: San Francisco Planning Commmission archives


The best spot to view the Bay Bridge is from the Embarcadero between Brannan and Howard Streets. The Bay Bridge, built between 1933 and 1936, is an indispensable artery for the economic lifeblood of the Bay Area.

Under Bay Bridge Jan 3 1937 Ben Valdez 411293 4269558294080 1164079004 o.jpg

Under the Bay Bridge, January 3, 1937.

Photo: courtesy Ben Valdez

Every once in awhile it gets shut down, and Bay Area business screeches to a halt. In 1980, a barrel fell out of a truck crossing the bridge during morning rush hour, releasing a mysterious white powder that quickly spread across the roadway. Traffic stopped completely as the emergency toxic spill squad rushed to the scene, fearing that the white powder could be PCBs, plutonium, or some such deadly substance. It took them until evening to get it all swept up, during which time cars remained stuck, stationary, on the bridge. Many thousands of workers failed to show up in downtown San Francisco that day, with a total cost in lost productivity running well into the millions. When the toxics squad finally got the stuff back to the lab and ran tests on it, they discovered it was white flour. The next day, an embarrassed truck driver admitted that it must have fallen from his truck he hadn't even noticed.

--Dr. Weirde

File:Soma1$bay-bridge-1995.jpg

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge 1995 looking towards San Francisco.


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