Is there a photo-blog of the bridge construction? It seems like (here in The Future) there ought to be someone on the work crew with a camera, but I haven't come across it yet. I want to see the mega-engineering porn.
i am trying to get access again from my dad. he was shop steward on the temp span job until a couple months ago, and a bunch of my cousins and uncles are still out there.
also i threw some older ones up here:
but i got too busy to ever edit down the newer ones.
Check this out, thanks to berry_k below. It looks like they already cut out the old section. More talent went Galt during the recent Republican administrations than anyone is willing to admit, least of all the Objectivists, some of whom can't believe that they have compatriots amongst the Democrats.
i bet they will use a lot of velcro and tie-wraps:)
Here, you can have some engineering porn from the Washington State DOT:http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/
Cal DOT District 4 seems to have a photography group, but nothing like a Flickr stream that I could find quickly.
If you get up early enough -- George Raskin and crew on KRON-4 TV are pretty on top of this story and Raskin is a serious traffic and highway-infrastructure engineering fanboy / geek so he turns up interesting pictures and vids and gets good interviews. Have you seen the mega-sized C-clamps they are using to *try* to make sure the sections of the west span adjacent to what they're cutting out won't fall down? It was on TV. I don't even have a car and I still like Raskin's highway reports for sheer geek value.
I first read this as "bride surgery" and wondered what disturbing new fetish you had discovered.
It's often quite impressive the lengths they go to to keep a route open during complete-replacement construction. I guess no one wants to imagine the detours required for a complete closure; on the other hand, when the issue is forced (as in Minneapolis), the new bridge certainly can get funded and built quickly.
There's a tiny chance - not even close to a likelihood (per authoritative accounts, at least) that when they cut out and remove the old section of the west span... the adjacent segments collapse and the bridge is out for 1-2 *years*. Neat stuff.
But will it ignite the atmosphere? Or create a strangelet that devours the universe?
we can always dream...
There's a DVD called Extreme Engineering: Oakland Bay Bridge which might interest you. I saw it a while ago -- maybe a year or more? -- so I can't exactly remember how intensive the "engineering" part is, but I remember enjoying it.
Discovery Channel is filming in HD for all their usual engineering porn shows. They've already done at least one show about the new concrete causeway.
Washington State DOT has a flickr account with stuff like ferry construction and the Hood Canal Bridge installation.
Should satisfy some of your mega-engineering porn cravings.
http://baybridgeinfo.org/construction-cams is my Jesus as of late. Looks like the old section has been sliced and slid. No wormholes, atmospheric ignition, or rapture.
I can see the bay bridge from my new place in Oakland, and with binoculars, I can just barely see the new tie-in from the side, but I'm on the wrong side to see the cut section.
I have been seeing a lot of other weird stuff in the water from this side. We're just across from Port 7, which is where Left Coast Lifter is currently living, (mega-engineering porn: http://www.mtc.ca.gov/news/info/crane.htm)
The weirdest part is seeing no cars on the Bay Bridge today.