According to NPR, when the newly completed San Francisco Bay Bridge reopened, “There was little fanfare, but the gleaming white and newly built $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened to the public as vehicles began crossing it after more than a decade of construction delays”. This lack of fanfare is surprising because for the past several years the Bay Bridge has been an ubiquitously geo-spatially explored bridge construction project owing to its proximity to innovative government, company, and residents and its importance in their lives. It is also the World’s Largest Self-Anchored Suspension Bridge.
To list a few spatial projects from over the years:
EarthCam released a time-lapse video of six years of construction on the bridge.
- Bay Bridge Photo Documentation of the past 15 years of construction by photographer Joe Bloom (1998)
- Bridge to Classroom, an interactive bridge building educational site based on the Bay Bridge by NewBayBridge.org (2006)
- Bay Bridge 3D Images on Google Earth, a cooperative project between CAlTrans and Google. (2007)
- Bay Bridge Time Lapse Video by EarthCam of six years of construction on the bridge (2008)
- William Gibson’s Bridge City proposal for the old Bay Bridge by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello (2009)
- Bay Bridge Explorer, 3D iPad video game in collaboration with AutoDesk (2011)
- Bay Bridge Construction Cams, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects (2012)
- The Bay Lights Interactive Installation by artist Leo Villareal (2012)
- Bay Bridge Computer Simulation of the crossing from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island, CAlTrans (2013)