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Carquinez Bridge
Carquinez Bridge
The Carquinez Bridge comprises three parallel bridges: (from left to right) a 2003 suspension bridge, a 1927 cantilever bridge, and a 1958 cantilever bridge
Official name Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge (suspension bridge)
Carries 7 lanes of I-80, pedestrians and bicycles.
Crosses Carquinez Strait
Locale Crockett, California and Vallejo, California
Design 2 Cantilever bridges and 1 Suspension bridge
Total length 0.66 miles (3465 feet / 1056.1 m / 1.06 Km)
Opening date May 21, 1927 (original span)
1958 (eastbound)
November 11, 2003 (westbound)
Destruction date 2006 (original span)
Toll $3.00 (eastbound) (FasTrak)
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The Carquinez Bridge refers to parallel bridges which cross the Carquinez Strait linking Vallejo, California to the north, with Crockett, California to the south. Carquinez Bridge. ... Route across the United States Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Carquinez Strait The Carquinez Strait is a narrow tidal strait in northern California. ... Crockett is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Vallejo is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... A cantilever bridge is a bridge built using cantilevers: structures that project horizontally into space, supported on only one end. ... A suspension bridge is a type of bridge that has been made since ancient times. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mounted FasTrak transponder FasTrak is an electronic toll collection system in the state of California in the United States. ... Parallel is a term in geometry and in everyday life that refers to a property in Euclidean space of two or more lines or planes, or a combination of these. ... Carquinez Strait The Carquinez Strait is a narrow tidal strait in northern California. ... Vallejo is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Crockett is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ...


The original bridge, a steel cantilever bridge, was designed by Robinson & Steinman and dedicated on May 21, 1927; costing eight million dollars to build, it was the first major bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area.[1] In 1958, a similar parallel bridge was built alongside the original one to accommodate the ever-increasing traffic. The original 1927 span served westbound traffic while the newer 1958 span served eastbound traffic. A cantilever bridge is a bridge built using cantilevers: structures that project horizontally into space, supported on only one end. ... David Bernard Steinman (June 11, 1886 - August 21, 1960) was an American engineer He was the designer of the Mackinac Bridge and many other notable bridges, and a published author. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Al Zampa
Al Zampa

In 2003, as a resolution to seismic problems of the aging 1927 span, a new suspension bridge was opened to replace it. This new bridge was named the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge, after an ironworker who worked on a number of the San Francisco Bay Area bridges, including the Golden Gate Bridge. The new span features a pedestrian and bicycle path, completing a bike trail which circles the entire Bay Area. The new span measures 0.66 miles (3465 feet / 1056.1 m / 1.06 km). The bridge was dedicated on November 8, 2003 and opened for traffic on November 11. It is currently the newest suspension bridge built in the United States. The 1927 span is now in a demolition phase, which will be completed in 2007.[2] Image File history File links Al_zampa_in_gear. ... Image File history File links Al_zampa_in_gear. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A suspension bridge is a type of bridge that has been made since ancient times. ... Al Zampa Alfred Zampa (born March 12, 1905 in Selby, California; died April 23, 2000) was an American bridge construction worker who played an integral role in the construction of numerous San Francisco Bay Area bridges during the early twentieth century. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The bridges are signed as part of Interstate 80. Toll is only charged to eastbound traffic. Interstate 80, a major east-west route of the Interstate Highway System, has its western terminus in San Francisco, California, United States. ...

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Trivia

  • The 1927 span of the Carquinez Bridge is featured on a Season 4 episode of MythBusters in the Minitaure Earthquake Machine segment.

A documentary film focusing on the history of the 1927 bridge and its deconstruction is currently being prepared and is expected to be completed by the end of 2006. // Episode 54 - Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1 Spoiler warning: Original airdate: July 12, 2006 The MythBusters test some Hollywood heist myths. ...

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References

  1. ^ The Barrier Broken - Vallejo Evening Chronicle, May 21, 1927
  2. ^ "Old Carquinez Bridge is disappearing" - San Francisco Chronicle, April 25, 2006.
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May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (116th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Aerial photo of the bridge
Aerial photo of the bridge


Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x948, 246 KB) Carquinez Bridge in California. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x948, 246 KB) Carquinez Bridge in California. ...

San Francisco Bay Area Toll Bridges
North-South direction
Golden Gate Bridge - Carquinez Bridge - Benicia-Martinez Bridge - Antioch Bridge
East-West direction
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge - Bay Bridge - San Mateo-Hayward Bridge - Dumbarton Bridge
Bridges of the Carquinez Strait
Upstream
Benicia-Martinez Bridge
Carquinez Bridge
Downstream
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

  Results from FactBites:
 
Carquinez Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (323 words)
The Carquinez Bridge, also known as the Al Zampa Bridge, refers to parallel bridges which cross the Carquinez Strait linking Vallejo, California to the north, with Crockett, California to the south.
The original bridge, a steel cantilever bridge, was designed by Robinson and Steinman and opened in 1927, the first major one in the Bay Area.
In 2003, as a resolution to seismic problems of the aging 1927 span, a new suspension bridge was built to replace it.
Antioch Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (249 words)
The bridge is signed as part of California State Highway 160.
It replaced the original structure that was built in 1926 by Aven Hanford and Oscar Klatt, who went on to build the original span of the Carquinez Bridge.
The Antioch bridge toll plaza is located at the south end of the bridge.
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