By Stephen Mikesell
A story of 2 Bridges is a historical past of 2 types of the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge: the unique bridge in-built 1936 and a substitute for the jap half the bridge comprehensive in 2013. The 1936 bridge revolutionized transportation within the Bay zone and profoundly prompted cost styles within the zone. It used to be additionally a impressive feat of engineering. within the Fifties the yank Society of Civil Engineers followed a listing of the “Seven Engineering Wonders” of the USA. The 1936 constitution used to be the single bridge at the checklist, besting even the extra well-known 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 below finances. Mikesell explores in interesting aspect how the bridge used to be designed through a set of the best-known engineers within the kingdom in addition to the heroic tale of its development through mostly unskilled employees from California, joined by means of hugely expert metal workers.
By distinction, the East Span substitute, which used to be deliberate among 1989 and 1998, and outfitted 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 historical past in its purest shape. Mikesell excels at explaining hugely technical engineering matters in language that may be understood and favored through normal readers. here's the tale of 2 extremely important bridges, which gives 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