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Oakland Museum Show Captures the Glory and Danger of Building the Bay’s Bridges

July 22, 2013 | 12:40 pm

Oakland Museum Show Captures the Glory and Danger of Building the Bay’s Bridges

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As Caltrans continues to work on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, the Oakland Museum of California is looking back at the beginning of both bridges that span the Bay, as well as the men who helped build them. The exhibit features black-and-white images from photographer Peter Stackpole of the building of the […]

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Golden Gate Bridge Toll-takers Reach End of the Line as New Payment System Begins

March 27, 2013 | 8:34 am

Golden Gate Bridge Toll-takers Reach End of the Line as New Payment System Begins

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Golden Gate Bridge toll collectors finished their final shifts early Wednesday morning as the bridge moved to an all-electronic, cash-free payment system. To remind commuters of the change, a 27-foot LED sign has been installed atop the toll plaza that says: “Do Not Stop, Automatic Tolling.” In another change for drivers, the bridge’s board of […]

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Golden Gate Bridge Says Goodbye to Toll-Takers — and to a Personal Touch for Travelers

March 12, 2013 | 8:00 am

Golden Gate Bridge Says Goodbye to Toll-Takers — and to a Personal Touch for Travelers

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By Danielle Venton Dawnette Reed started working at the Golden Gate Bridge gift shop one summer when she was 17. Now, at 43, she’s a toll collector, and loves it. She’s even got her favorite lanes, Number 1 and 2. But by the morning commute on Wednesday, March 27, Reed and the other eight full-time […]

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How a CHP Sergeant Stops Suicide Attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge

December 12, 2012 | 11:44 am

How a CHP Sergeant Stops Suicide Attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge

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About 1,500 people have committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge during its 75-year-history. It’s a tragic number, but it would have been much higher if not for Kevin Briggs and other members of the California Highway Patrol. Briggs, a CHP sergeant, has been credited with saving hundreds of lives during his more […]

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September 19, 2012 | 8:37 am

A.M. Splash: SF Approves Public Power Plan; GG Bridge Toll-Taking to be Totally Automated; Protest Ends Oakland City Council Meeting

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SF public power plan given tentative OK(SF Chronicle) San Francisco took a major step toward public power Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors gave initial approval to a five-year contract with Shell Energy North America to provide 100 percent renewable power to San Franciscans willing to pay a premium. The 8-3 vote provided a veto-proof […]

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August 3, 2012 | 8:46 am

Golden Gate Bridge Briefly Shut Down; Police Search for Climber

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Update at 10:57 a.m.: Police apprehended a man who apparently stayed overnight on the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, leading them to briefly close the bridge to traffic on Monday morning. “The investigation is ongoing,” California Highway Patrol Sergeant Diana McDermottso told KQED’s Aarti Shahani. “Our concern now is for… his medical health.” […]

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May 29, 2012 | 11:52 am

Videos: Golden Gate Bridge Celebration Fireworks Display

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Hey Golden Gate Bridge, was that a world-class fireworks display for your 75th anniversary celebration, or were you just glad to see us? Photos from the Chronicle, and two good videos, from YouTube and Bay Area News Group… This one includes the laser display before the fireworks; it gets popping around 4:00…

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11 Good Links Related to the Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary

May 25, 2012 | 2:49 pm

11 Good Links Related to the Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary

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Seems like we’ve been hearing about the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge since the day after the 50th. Well it’s finally here…on Sunday, that is. Some final preparatory links before you go all international orange this weekend. And remember, on May 27, the bridge will be closed from 9-10 pm for a fireworks […]

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Golden Gate Bridge History in Photos

May 22, 2012 | 3:20 pm

Golden Gate Bridge History in Photos

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On May 27, to great fanfare, the Golden Gate Bridge will turn 75. For years the bridge has been an iconic image of the Bay Area, but when it was proposed in 1916 it met fierce resistance from a a variety of sources including the Department of War, the Southern Pacific Railroad and ferry union workers. […]

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April 30, 2012 | 9:53 am

Raw Video: Doyle Drive Taken Apart

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What better way to begin the week than by watching machines that look like angry pterosaur heads taking apart a 75-year old roadway. Go ahead and indulge your inner four-year-old boy… This one looks a titch post-apocalyptic, when the machines have finally taken over…

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