So we may never find closure over the $1.43 billion self-anchored suspension span of the rebuilt Bay Bridge, especially while we’re still paying tolls and waiting decades for the thing to be built, hopefully before the Big One strikes. But being new to the area, I must share my own bit of Zen over the bridge design. I was on my evening BART ride when I noticed two posters advertising BART as a way to get to baseball games and FSN as a way to watch them at home. One, seen here with the help of my amateur mobile phone photography, shows Barry Bonds in heroic follow-through in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica Tower
Then there’s the A’s version, which shows Eric Chavez swinging at the Tribune Tower (a worthy icon) and another bridge. Except this bridge is the Bay Bridge, and it’s not even the four-towered western span that ANG Newspapers uses as its logo. No, the span that can be seen between Chavez’ legs is the long, steel cantilever bridge recognizable to few outside of the Bay Area.
Seeing the two images crystallized the inferiority complex suffered by the East Bay next to San Francisco and its iconic spans. I mean, that’s ALL the advertising people can come up with to represent the East Bay? In six or seven years, they’ll be able to use “that pointy thing” with the spider-leg cables curving down from its single tower, the only one like it in the world. Whether it’s worth the extra $500 million or so is now something for the history books to decide.