What with a new eastern span being built, the Bay Bridge is going through more changes than a teenager hitting puberty. This can be dangerous. In 2009, a truck driver careened off the span and plunged to his death while navigating a new S-curve.

Come this Memorial Day weekend, a new detour will materialize before drivers’ eyes, and Caltrans isn’t taking any chances. From the Contra Costa Times:

Caltrans on Tuesday announced the holiday weekend timing to shift eastbound traffic slightly to the south onto the new alignment for about 1,000 feet of bridge near the toll plaza. Caltrans officials said they are publicizing the switch early because they don’t want motorists surprised.

Part of the campaign involves a new iPad and iPhone app, created by Autodesk, which lets drivers simulate the change in two dimensions before they actually encounter it in their cars.

Yesterday, KQED’s Tara Siler visited a simulator at the Autodesk Gallery at 1 Market Street to give it a spin. She then tried the app on an iPad. Listen to her report here:

And her unofficial report, relayed to yours truly: Both the simulator and the app made her nauseous.

In any event, you can download the app at the ITunes site.

Preview Coming Bay Bridge Road Change With New App 17 May,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 EconomyBeat.org, 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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