The replacement of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge is a process many here in the San Francisco Bay Area have had a first-hand view of, as the new span is being built next to the old span. According to Caltrans, the new span will be the longest Self-Anchored Suspension span in the world. Here CalTrans explains the fascinating process by which the weight of the new bridge is transferred from the falsework which has supported it during construction to the new suspension cable. The load transfer process is scheduled for completion this month, with the new span slated to open Labor Day 2013.
Wish the election were over already? This little girl does too.
Do parking structure designs account for loads generated by large numbers of dancing people? Maybe they should. [Audio NSFW]