R.I.P. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

The hardworking staff has always believed that the bridge connecting San Francisco with Oakland was the perfect visual representation of the two cities: The graceful suspension bridge on the Frisco side, the clunky, utilitarian span leading into Oakland.

But Sunday’s New York Times previewed the new Bay Bridge, designed to replace the 1989-earthquake-damaged Oakland section:

Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-in-China Label

SHANGHAI — Talk about outsourcing.

At a sprawling manufacturing complex here, hundreds of Chinese laborers are now completing work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Next month, the last four of more than two dozen giant steel modules — each with a roadbed segment about half the size of a football field — will be loaded onto a huge ship and transported 6,500 miles to Oakland. There, they will be assembled to fit into the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge.

Which, while utilitarian, pretty much destroys the delicate balance of the old bridge.

Judge for yourself:

A California official called it “pretty impressive.” We just call it sad.

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1 Response to R.I.P. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

  1. Steve Stein says:

    Hmm. Not a SF’can, so I don’t really know, but – isn’t this the bridge that no one cares about? Isn’t this the half of the bridge that no one cares about that no one cares about?

    As for the SF side, I gained a whole new appreciation due to William Gibson (Idoru, Virtual Light, All Tomorrow’s Parties).

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