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Old 11-29-2003, 04:16 PM   #1
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First motorcycle across the new Carquinez Bridge? (San Fran bay area)

as far as I know, I was the first one to ride across the new Carquinez Bridge. I lost the pics from a few weeks earlier, but these are the day before the bridge opened to public traffic.

me and my normal size Tiger.


it actually looks kind of small in comparison to the bridge...




and an "arty" shot just for the heck of it.
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Old 11-29-2003, 04:22 PM   #2
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That Bridge is pretty awesome

I saw the different stages of contruction,very interesting tecnology and concept


love the pictures,,,thanks
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Old 11-29-2003, 04:37 PM   #3
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excellent! i was just driving across it yesterday wondering if the bridge is any better for bikes than the old one.
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Old 11-29-2003, 04:54 PM   #4
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Cool! The new Al Zampa Memorial Bridge.




There's a whole bunch of cool photos taken during construction of the bridge here.





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Old 11-29-2003, 04:57 PM   #5
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Very cool! been going across the old one all my life. :):

I like your bridge pics that you've been posting! ~ thanks for sharing them.
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Old 11-29-2003, 05:06 PM   #6
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a tiger? in africa? probably escaped from a zoo.
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Old 11-29-2003, 05:07 PM   #7
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Post some more of the construction shots you have on your site, Bill. They're fantastic!

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Old 11-29-2003, 05:27 PM   #8
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Another excellent bridge site: Mark Ketchum's Carquinez Strait Bridge Page


The deck girder was fabricated in segments in Japan, transported to the site on ships, and hoisted into final position using strand jacks. After all segments were in place, they were welded together to provide the final continuous ribbon of steel.
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Old 11-29-2003, 06:07 PM   #9
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Post some more of the construction shots you have on your site, Bill. They're fantastic!
There are too many to post, and I wouldn't know which ones to use - they're easy to check out on my website, or for more pictures (graphics intensive and unorganized)

this is one of my favorites, looking out of one of the deck segments at the partially errected bridge.


and here's a better one of me, before cable spinning started last year.


There's more info and pictures on the Caltrans website, but it's not 100% up-to-date.

The town of Crockett formed a committee for the bridge opening and they have a webpage too.
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Old 11-29-2003, 06:24 PM   #10
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excellent! i was just driving across it yesterday wondering if the bridge is any better for bikes than the old one.
I think it's better for everyone than the old bridge - it's got standard 12 foot lanes (vs. 11 on the old bridge), wide shoulders, a bike/pedestrian path (also suitable for motorcycles ) and only two expansion joints that you hardly feel at all (plus, it looks cooler, too). If they ever find the money to build the section between the bridge and Hwy 4, it will have a carpool lane too.
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:54 PM   #11
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Don't know how I missed this. I work in Texas for the same contractor that built that bridge, and also did the retrofit on the Golden Gate a couple of years ago, tgrrdr, what do you do for CalTrans?
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Way cool Tg!
To say that my family and the Zampa's knew each other is really no great thing as everybody in Crockett knew each other. It was small and quite a close knit community even though it was made up of immigrants from around the world. Mexicans, Spanyards, Russians, Italians, Irish, etc. etc.
Everybody (almost) had worked at C&H, or at the smelter in Tormey.
My dad was a Boyscout (and a fresh immigrant from Russia) when the first bridge was opened and was present at it's opening celebration. All of my relatives worked at C&H at one time or another, and many worked on the two bridges.
Even that little town of Crockett was divied into little neighborhoods with their own names like "Crolona", "Valona" etc. My dad is now 89 years old. "Tommy Hawe" just died last week. His family owned a market of many in that little town as did Phil Montesanto and his brother. Then there was the bars! Toot's & Gulley's, Leo's, and Dowrelio's just to name a few.
Reading the name of "Zampa" brought back many memories of Crockett and all of the great familes (they were all great) and their unique stories of immigration to this great country.
That new bridge means much more to some of us, and is a great tribute to what man can do.
Some other not so famous and infamous Crockett names are; McKeown, Canga, Montesanto, Leo Sid, Deray (Which is "Aldo Ray", the actor's real last name) Newman, Jurian, Diaz, Grebnakoff, Lesenko, Galmukoff, Milan, Prenkurt, and of course Zampa (I think they were originally from Selby) etc. etc. And Pangi Construction... God rest his soul...

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Old 12-11-2003, 12:50 AM   #13
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Don't know how I missed this. I work in Texas for the same contractor that built that bridge, and also did the retrofit on the Golden Gate a couple of years ago, tgrrdr, what do you do for CalTrans?
I'm the Resident Engineer - for those of you not in construction, that means I go to meetings, sign stuff and take a lot of shit when stuff goes wrong.

Which Contractor do you work for AW?
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Old 12-11-2003, 01:03 AM   #14
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Way cool Tg!
Even that little town of Crockett was divied into little neighborhoods with their own names like "Crolona", "Valona" etc.

Then there was the bars! Toot's & Gulley's, Leo's, and Dowrelio's just to name a few.
Toot's is still there and I think Dowrelio's became the Nantucket (on the water, next to the bass club?).

There's a Valona Deli, but I doubt anyone under 50 knows that it's named after a neighborhood.
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Old 12-11-2003, 02:13 AM   #15
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Way cool photos, tgrrdr. I enjoyed them very much. It must be cool as Hell to build stuff.
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