Bay Bridge Closure, Featuring Live Web Cams

Bay Bridge Closure 2009

photo via Caltrans

As pretty much everyone who has encountered any Bay Area media in the last month or so knows, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closed to regular traffic for Labor Day Weekend last night at 8pm and will reopen at 5am on Tuesday, September 8th.

The reason they are doing this, of course, is to perform an astonishing feat of very large construction, namely, moving a whole section of the double-decker freeway over to insert an equally massive bit of roadway over to the new bridge detour.*

I personally am sick with envy of the people with watercraft who get to watch the whole thing live and in person [Sidenote: the Extra Action Marching Band does, and will, and will probably be playing on the bay to cheer on the construction this evening. Fellow boaters, take note and keep your ears on.].

Bay Bridge Web Cam

However, if you are one of the thousands that do not have a dinghy at your disposal, fear not, Bay Bridge Info has seen fit to provide us with live web cams (from multiple angles, even!).

TransBay Blog also has a nice rundown of the feats they will accomplish this weekend, as well as transit info for anyone who has a pressing need to get between San Francisco and Oakland.

My question is, what do you do this weekend if you live on Treasure Island? Do you clear your calendar and settle in for a great view? Take up long distance swimming as a sudden hobby? If anyone knows, please enlighten us in the comments.

* Does this mean that all the foofaraw so far was just to prep for building the actual bridge? transport geeks, geeks, please advise!

UPDATE: The web cams are no longer showing up on the website. Not sure if this is a temporary or permanent thing.

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Simone Davalos
Simone Davalos