Last night crews completed work early on the latest Bay Bridge tower section. From the Bay Bridge web site:

Progress on the Self-Anchored Suspension Span continues to surge as crews lifted the fourth group of tower sections ahead of schedule. The last of four pieces was placed at 1:25 a.m., Friday morning, March 4 — nearly a day ahead of schedule. The tower now stands at 480 feet, 91 percent of its final 525-foot height. The next section is a single steel segment that will connect the four independent legs at the top of the tower, which will be placed in the spring.

KTVU has a report that includes some cool time-lapse video, and KGO has one with some nice shots from overhead.

And here’s an animated video and audio slideshow of the sequence of steps in replacing the bridge’s eastern span.

Video: Latest Bay Bridge Tower Section in Place 4 March,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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