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Paddle kayak or Web surf? Best way to view Bay Bridge work

By dcuff
Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm in Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, Misc. Transportation.

Photo of new Bay Bridge eastern span under construction by Flickr user ToastyKen used under Creative Commons attribution license.

It’s the best show in town this Labor Day weekend, but the replacement of a 300-foot-long section of the Bay Bridge above Yerba Buena Island is very hard to see in person unless you’re a contractor, transportation dignitary, or working member of the media.

Radio station KCBS did a segment this morning on how the City Kayak business at Pier 40 in San Francisco plans to take experienced kayakers on paddles close to Yerba Buena Island for a good view. (It will probably be posted later on their Bay Bridge closure page.) But a lengthy paddle like that on the Bay is not for a beginning kayaker.  It’s just not safe. Winds can become especially strong in the afternoon on San Francisco Bay.

My advice for a viewing spot: check out newspaper Web sites like and, or Caltrans’, for many impressive photos and video of the construction project.

Our photographer Karl Mondon has taken several excellent shots that remind us of the allure of giant bridges. Bay Area television stations are having a field day producing footage of workers toiling high up on the bridge with scenic San Francisco Bay and ships in the background.

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