THE HISTORY OF THE BAY BRIDGE
BAY BRIDGE HISTORY
In 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to great fanfare, after three years and five months of construction. On opening day, former President Herbert Hoover said, “this is the greatest bridge yet constructed.” Nowadays, 280,000 vehicles drive on the Bay Bridge every day.
Click on the interactive timeline above to find out more about the bridge’s history.
Click on the links below to learn more about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and its history.
- History of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges — U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
- Bridging the Bay: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge — UC Berkeley Library
- A Lifeline Link — U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
- Caltrans Toll Bridge – San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
- High Steel: Building the Bridges Across San Francisco Bay (Google Book)
- History of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge — Caltrans
- Bay Bridge History — The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects at BayBridgeInfo.org
- “The California Quake: The Bay Bridge; Damage to Link Across Bay Is More Serious Than Thought” — The New York Times
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