By Stephen Mikesell
A story of 2 Bridges is a heritage of 2 types of the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge: the unique bridge in-built 1936 and a substitute for the japanese half the bridge comprehensive in 2013. The 1936 bridge revolutionized transportation within the Bay zone and profoundly stimulated payment styles within the quarter. It used to be additionally a notable feat of engineering. within the Nineteen Fifties the yank Society of Civil Engineers followed an inventory of the “Seven Engineering Wonders” of the us. The 1936 constitution was once the one bridge at the checklist, besting even the extra recognized Golden Gate Bridge. one in every of its maximum achievements was once that it used to be outfitted on time (in below 3 years) and got here in less than price range. Mikesell explores in interesting aspect how the bridge used to be designed by means of a suite of the best-known engineers within the kingdom in addition to the heroic tale of its building via principally unskilled workers from California, joined by way of hugely expert metal workers.
By distinction, the East Span substitute, which was once deliberate among 1989 and 1998, and equipped among 1998 and 2013, fell sufferer to price overruns within the billions of bucks, was once a decade not on time, and suffered from structural difficulties that has made it a perpetual upkeep nightmare.
This is narrative heritage in its purest shape. Mikesell excels at explaining hugely technical engineering matters in language that may be understood and liked by means of common readers. this is the tale of 2 extremely important bridges, which supplies a good yet uncompromising research of why one bridge succeeded and the opposite did not.
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A Tale of Two Bridges: The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridges of 1936 and 2013 by Stephen Mikesell