The lights illuminating the catwalks that construction crews will use to string cable through the Bay Bridge’s Self-Anchored Suspension Span were switched on last night. Bridge officials say construction of the East Span, which was damaged in the 1989 earthquake, is now entering the home stretch, with a scheduled opening in 2013.

To mark the occasion, Caltrans yesterday invited members of the non-vertigo-afflicted media to the top of the new tower, about 525 feet above the Bay. Our reporter, Caitlin Esch, managed to snap these photos without the aid of an airline sickness bag.

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Here’s some video Caitlin Esch took on her trip up to the top:

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Listen to Caitlin Esch’s spot on The California Report below:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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