We hate to admit it, but sometimes we treat the Bay Bridge like the ugly step-sibling of San Francisco bridges. It might not have the name recognition or quirky color of the city's famed Golden Gate, but our other bridge is pretty spectacular in its own right.
Last Friday, the final piece of the new Bay Bridge was laid (it weighed two million pounds). It marks the completion of the largest structure of its kind anywhere in the world. The new Bay Bridge is scheduled to open in 2013, so don't start revving your engines just yet.
After two years of laborious work, local artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather unveil their stunning artwork, meticulously detailing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project.
"Approach, Transition, Touchdown" is a series of prints, paintings, and drawings of the bridge based on maps, diagrams, photographs, and architectural/engineering drawings.
Is the Bay Bridge closure cramping your style? Do you live in the East Bay and are wondering how the heck you're going to get to work this week (or, more importantly, make it to your Halloween party Saturday night)? Then consider checking into one of San Francisco's Kimpton Hotel until the problems abate.
Log onto www.kimptonhotels.com and reserve your room anytime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 6 (dates at individual properties vary) with the rate code SFB. Rates are based upon availability and must be booked in advance online. All are cancelable before 6pm the day of your stay.
The SF Chronicle has a collection of photos relating to the Bay Bridge Closure online and they are really interesting. Particularly worth checking out are the ones showing the highways leading to and from the bridge, the bridge tolls, and the bridge itself eerily devoid of traffic. It looks like somebody Photoshopped all the cars from the pictures.