Celebrating a Conquest

by Arthur L. Elliott, (F.ASCE), Oakland, CA,
Charles Seim, (F.ASCE), Principal; T.Y. Lin Int'l, San Francisco, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 10, Pg. 54-59

Document Type: Feature article


During construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which marked its 50th anniversary on Nov. 11, 1986, great public attention was paid to the high-climbing steelworkers, but everywhere a steelworker went, an engineer was at his heels. Arthur Elliott describes his experience as one of those engineers who walked the catwalks, supervised the cable spinning, inspected saddle bolts and checked the plumb of the 550 foot high towers from the inside. Only 22 years after the bridge was opened, it required reconstruction to remove rail tracks and change the traffic pattern to one-way on each deck. Charles Seim describes the engineering as nearly as innovative as that of the original construction.

Subject Headings: Cables | Steel construction | Infrastructure construction | Steel bridges | Bridge decks | Railroad bridges | Construction management | Bays

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