San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge

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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
LocationSan Francisco and Oakland
NRHP reference #00000525[1][2]
Added to NRHPAugust 13, 2001
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
Oakland Bay Bridge Western Part.jpg
The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Coordinates37°49′5″N 122°20′48″W / 37.81806°N 122.34667°W / 37.81806; -122.34667Coordinates: 37°49′5″N 122°20′48″W / 37.81806°N 122.34667°W / 37.81806; -122.34667
Carries10 lanes of I-80 throughout, and pedestrians and bicycles east of Yerba Buena Island (YBI)
CrossesSan Francisco Bay
via YBI
LocaleSan Francisco and Oakland
Maintained byCaltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority
ID number
  • 34 0003 (West)
  • 34 0004 (YBI Tunnel)
  • 33 0025 (East)
DesignDouble-decked suspension spans (two, connected by center anchorage), tunnel, cast-in-place concrete transition span, self-anchored suspension span, precast segmental concrete viaduct
MaterialSteel, concrete
Total lengthWest: 10,304 ft (3,141 m)
East span: 10,176 ft (3,102 m)
Total: 4.46 miles (7.18 km)
excluding approaches
WidthWest: 5 traffic lanes totaling 57.5 ft (17.5 m)
East: 10 traffic lanes totaling 258.33 ft (78.74 m)
HeightWest: 526 ft (160 m)[3]
Longest spanWest: two main spans
2,310 ft (704 m)
East: one main span
1,400 ft (430 m)
Clearance aboveWestbound: 14 feet (4.3 m), with additional clearance in some lanes
Eastbound: 14.67 feet (4.47 m)
Clearance belowWest: 220 feet (67 m)
East: 191 feet (58 m)
DesignerCharles H. Purcell
Construction beginJuly 8, 1933
OpenedNovember 12, 1936; 82 years ago (1936-11-12)
Daily traffic240,000[4][5]
TollCars (east span, westbound only)
$6.00 (rush hours)
$2.50 (carpool rush hours)
$4.00 (weekday non-rush hours)
$5.00 (weekend all day)
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is located in California
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
Location in California

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a series of bridges across San Francisco, California. It is part of Interstate 80 in California.

It has two spans over water. The western span is a suspension bridge while the eastern span is a self-anchored suspension bridge.[6] The eastern span used to be a cantilever bridge but it was removed once the new bridge opened. The cantilever span was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake which is one of the reasons why the Eastern span was replaced.

The west span is a double suspension bridge with two decks. Westbound traffic is carried on the upper deck and eastbound on the lower deck. The new east span is a single deck with the eastbound and westbound lanes on each side. It is the world's widest bridge.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form". National Park Service – USDoI. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  3. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Archived 1 November 2010 at WebCite
  4. "Welcome to the Traffic Data Branch - 2012AADT link". California Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  5. "Bridge Facts San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge". Bay Area Toll Authority, 43.4 million toll-paid vehicles (86.8 million trips) annually. 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  6. In a self-anchored suspension bridge the main cables are attached to the end of the road deck. This avoids having anchor points in unstable ground.
  7. Press release (California Department of Transportation) 2014. [1]