|Bay Bridge Backup
||[ Sunday, 18 Nov 07 | 07:53 ]
It had been a while, maybe two years, since I drove over the Bay Bridge from the East Bay to San Francisco. (Officially it is The James "Sunny Jim" Rolph Bridge [snicker].) As usual there had been a fender-bender and it took an hour and a half to travel 15 miles (25 km). Luckily the trip back to Alameda was much faster although there was still a lengthy line for the toll booths at 11:30 on the east side. (Fares are collected in only one direction.)
The last time I used the Bay Bridge, the toll was $3, now it’s up to $4. When I first lived in the Bay Area back in ‘63 it was $0.25. They had to raise the tolls in order to pay for the seismic work as a result of the ‘89 earthquake. The eastern span of the Bay Bridge is being replaced and there didn’t seem like much progress has been made in the last couple of years. They still haven’t started to erect the “signature” tower near Yerba Buena Island. It’s not expected to be completed for another 5 years. (The original bridge took only 3 years to build.) It is the second most expensive public works project in the US behind the infamous Boston Big Dig.
Wouldn’t you know it, the weather turned very nice the day I had to leave. Temperatures were in the low 70s (22-23 C). Of course the forecast was for showers this weekend. I remember the usual cycle of the weather deteriorating Friday afternoon producing a nasty commute. Then the weekend being damp and gray. And on Monday morning the sun reappears. I am sure that there is no real weekend lousy weather cycle, but it just seems that way. It was gloomy last Saturday and then rain. Sunday afternoon turned out to be sunny.