Crews working on the “signature tower” for the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge took another step toward finishing the job today. They’re hoisting the tower’s fourth segment into place, which will bring the structure to 480 feet high—just 45 feet short of its ultimate heights. Caltrans has all the information on the new bridge, and on the innovative and cool-looking self-anchored suspension tower, here:

Here’s KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm giving a quick peek at the work earlier today:

Update March 1 Slideshow from the Chronicle

Video Report: Hoisting Bay Bridge’s Tower Segment 1 March,2011Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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