Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Day Tripper

I took a drive to the San Francisco Bay area in my new ride on Monday. Wanting to go someplace I'd never been before, I drove across the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and drove off on Yerba Buena Island, which is the anchor for the two spans of the Bay Bridge. This is an abandoned officers quarters house on the old Yerba Buena Coast Guard station. This one was last occupied by a Rear Admiral. Nice digs if you gotta live on a rock in the bay.

This was a Vice Admiral's house. I believe this was the station commander's home. The entire area is very well kept, almost like it's still active-duty housing. You can see the Bay Bridge behind the trees to the left of the house.

I worked my way to the eastern side of the island, to the CC Meyers company construction yard, where I could see the pilings and supports for the new span being build on the island. Eventually, this will replace the span you see, and meet up at the the Yerba Buena tunnel to connect to the western span leading into San Francisco.

These are bridge sections being floated on a barge to the construction cranes. They'll be hoisted up by the cranes and connected together to form the roadway.

You can really see just how big a project this is. I think, on the left pylon, you can see two construction workers walking on the very top. That will give you an idea of the size of these sections.

Here's the new span working it's way around toward the island, running parralel with the span it will eventually replace.