"There's Brooklyn Bridge, London Bridge, and the Bridge of San Luis Rey/But the only bridge, that's a real gone bridge/Is the bridge across the bay," killed Judy Garland in her epic concert at Carniege Hall. And, damn it, she was right. The Bay Bridge is a real gone bridge. It's fabulous. (OK, she could've been singing about The Golden Gate, but whatever. It works.) One of the best in the world, really. And this Saturday the massive span that connects the East Bay and San Francisco turns 75.
Opened on November 12, 1936, "the Bay Bridge has provided the region with the vital transportation link to support the thriving economic vitality that the Bay Area is known for," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement on Thursday. It also provided the backdrop to the 1990 TV movie After the Shock featuring Rue McClanahan as a quake victim trapped on the bridge's lower deck. (If you recall, part of the upper deck collapsed after Loma Prieta, which caused some vehicles to plummet to the lower level.)
Speaking of snafus, one of the
massive cables on the bridge snapped back in 2009, coming down on morning traffic and effectively shutting down the span.
While specific details about bridge celebrations haven't been released. According to SF Appeal, "bridge officials encouraged members of the public to watch for updates by following the bridge's Facebook page or visiting www.baybridgeinfo.org.