March has been a busy busy month for me, but I have found time to accumulate some headlines. As it is lunchtime on the last day of the month, enjoy these while you munch:
- Caltrans Removes East Span as Part of Bay Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project. The 77-year-old east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is being taken down, piece by piece, as part of a Bay Bridge seismic retrofit project. In fact, the new bridge was designed to be a lifeline in a large quake. It will be used to transport food and emergency supplies to San Francisco or Oakland in an emergency. The new east span of the bridge opened in 2013. The self-anchored suspension bridge was built at a cost of $6.4 billion.
- Roadshow: Highway 140 to Yosemite needs 4 more years of work. Q: If you’ve been to Yosemite during the last several years and have taken Highway 140, you’ve seen the massive landslide west of Yosemite View Lodge. The slide completely covered the highway, and Caltrans was forced to build two bridges to detour around it. There’s a sign that labels the repair work as the “Ferguson Project.” However, it doesn’t look like any work is under way. This is a heavily traveled route. Is there any projected completion date?