Bay Area Traffic
1936 Bay Bridge opening plaque uncovered
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Dirt and soot and the passing of time have covered up a little remembered part of Bay Area history -- the plaque commemorating the 1936 opening of the original Bay Bridge.
It was placed on the center anchorage -- sitting astride the westbound fast lane on the western half of the bridge. The grandson of Bay Bridge architect John J. Donovan said his grandfather enjoyed certain perks.
"For years after the bridge was open that his family--my grandmother, himself, his children...we never paid the bridge toll. We got to just go on the bridge," said Donovan.
During the original Bay Bridge opening, it was blessed by Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli from the Vatican, who three years later would become Pope Pius XII.
bay bridge, earthquake, oakland, traffic, construction, caltrans, metropolitan transportation commission, labor day, transportation, bikes, fastrak, CHP, san francisco bay, treasure island, gavin newsom, ed lee, jean quan, bay area traffic
- BART train brake problem prompts evacuations 46 min ago
- Bail for suspect in PS4 robbery in SF set at $5M
- Bay Area braces for chilly weather as cold snap hits
- Third day ends without finding missing SJ CEO
- Newtown 911 calls show calm response to shooting
- 3 Good Samaritans honored for Alameda water rescue
- Milpitas police investigate possible kidnapping
- Sketch released of suspect in violent robberies
- Autopsy: Paul Walker died from impact, fire in crash
- New chair lets users decide the temperature
- Local startup iHear to offer hearing aids online
- abcnews: Harmful contaminants in marijuana?
- roundup: SF shooting; Milpitas possible kidnapping
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Thursday