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Road & Tracks: 1938

Road & Tracks: 1938

January 20, 1938. "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge under construction. View of track and roadway, lower deck, East Bay. Caltrans, photographer." Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

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The tracks were replaced with roadway in the late 1950s, after the transbay train service ended. That entire Oakland side of the bridge has recently been replaced with a new structure, since the 1989 earthquake exposed its hazardous condition. One of the most famous film images of that event was a car plunging from the upper deck to the lower, because a section of roadway had topped at one end.

And now, class --

we will begin to discuss the word "perspective."

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