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Berkeley asphalt plant emissions dangerous, say residents

Residents allege that the Lehigh Hanson asphalt plant at 699 Virginia St. in West Berkeley is emitting dangerous fumes. Photo: Charles Siler
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A small group of West Berkeley homeowners gathered at City Hall on Monday this week to submit a Public Record Act request, claiming the Berkeley Asphalt & Ready Mix plant on Virginia Street has been violating its use permit by emitting excessive odors and noise.

The company, owned by Texas-based Lehigh Hanson, operates an asphalt plant at 699 Virginia St. in the Oceanview area. The group of residents, who call themselves Oceanview Neighborhood Action, say the plant is constantly emitting noxious fumes, to the point that they can’t go outside or leave their windows open.

“It smells like sulfur most days, like burnt sand,” said Kate Stepanski, a resident of the neighborhood. “It’s making people sick and it’s a public hazard — it’s irresponsible.”  … Continue reading »

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New bay bridge span: It’s for bikes and pedestrians too

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Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin was lucky enough to be one of the first to cross the new eastern span of the bay bridge, not in a vehicle but on foot. To find out more about the span’s bicycle and pedestrian path, visit Bay Bridge Info online. … Continue reading »

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In stunning photos: 1st vehicles cross new bay bridge

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It was meant to happen at 5 a.m this morning, but officials, and those who had worked so hard to complete construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, just couldn’t wait any longer. The task was complete, the bridge was ready to do its job.

So — after a two-hour opening ceremony, replete with VIPs, including Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan — the brand new, gleaming white stretch of suspension bridge welcomed its first vehicles at 10:15 pm. on the night of Monday, September 2. Fittingly, for the hundreds working on construction crews on the bridge for the past 12 years, it was Labor Day.

Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos — who had spent much of this weekend documenting the bridges, both old and new, for us — was there to chronicle the first vehicles and their happy drivers making the crossing. … Continue reading »

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New Bay Bridge opens, and a safer route to the East Bay

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It’s open: after 12 years of construction, and at a cost of $6.4 billion, the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge carried its first, eager travelers safely over the water last night, at around 10:15 p.m., just under seven hours ahead of schedule.

Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos spend a good part of this weekend learning about, and photographing, both the new span, and the now abandoned old one — built in 1933, and due to be dismantled over the next three years. Rosos writes about his experience of seeing the new span up close, and shares his thoughts on this historic moment.

I came here by over-packed car almost 13 years ago. Being a sucker for new landscapes — the monotonous effects of growing up in the plains of the mid-west will have that effect on people — my attention was immediately drawn to the bay and its bridges. The Golden Gate was stunning to see in reality for the first time. It was a beautiful bridge to behold, but the hectic, tourist-attraction atmosphere that surrounds it has since forced me to appreciate it from a distance.  (Say what you want about the Marin Headlands view, I think the Golden Gate looks best from the bay shores of Berkeley and its surroundings).

The Bay Bridge, with its two very disparate spans, always left me feeling conflicted. Why were the designs different? Who thought the pairing of these two structures made sense? Was this contrast somehow a reflection of what the Bay Area populous thought about the bridge’s respective sides? … Continue reading »

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How horrible was your commute into San Francisco?

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A big rig carrying sushi, rice and other food blew out a tire and caught on fire around 5:45 a.m. Monday, closing three lanes on the Interstate 80 skyway near the Fremont Street off ramp. Traffic from the East Bay into San Francisco has been horrible since then, as these photos from Berkeleyside reader Reavey Fike show.

Caltrans estimates the lanes will reopen at 3 p.m. … Continue reading »

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New Bay Bridge span: 2 minutes, 3 years of building

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After 11 years of construction, and 23 years after the Loma Prieta earthquake took part of it out, the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is nearly done. Caltrans plans to open the bridge to traffic this September. While we wait for the opening, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission has released a fascinating 2-minute timelapse video of construction since 2009, put together from EarthCam‘s webcam footage. It makes it look so easy.

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Lightning strikes Bay Bridge in midst of dramatic storm

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Last night’s impressive thunderstorm has created rivers of rainwater flowing down many Berkeley streets and flooded backyards. The lightning that accompanied the deluge also made for some stunning photographs. The image above is one of several shot by ABC Bay Area News. Phil McGrew also captured the moment the bridge was struck in a photo circulating on Twitter.

Over on SFist, a photo gallery includes a remarkable one of the Golden Gate Bridge being struck.

Some airplanes coming into Bay Area airports took their time landing in the storm last night, and a United Airlines flight which took off at 7:40pm headed for London was forced to dump fuel and make an emergency return to SFO after the plane was struck by lightning.

There were no reports of power disruptions in Berkeley, although some areas, including Concord, did see outages after lines came down. … Continue reading »

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View from the water: New span of Bay Bridge takes shape

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Short of a stroll on the structure itself, the best way to get up close to the new east span of the Bay Bridge is to take to the water. Berkeleyside recently joined a boat tour organized by the American Institute of Architects to get a unique view of the construction progress to date.

The tour was led by Donald MacDonald, principal at Donald MacDonald Architects, who provided design services for the new bridge, working with New York bridge engineering firm Weidlinger Associates; Jeffrey Heller, principal at architects Heller Manus; and Jordona Jackson of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects. Some information on the project can be found in the captions to the photos shown here. For updated news on the Bay Bridge, including construction cams, visit BayBridgeInfo.org.

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Sneak peek: up close on the new Bay Bridge span

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Berkeleysider Robert Trachtenberg was lucky enough to be invited recently to join a special field trip with one of the engineers for the new span of the Bay Bridge. He shared his photographs with Berkeleyside…

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Don’t drive to San Franciso this morning

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Westbound traffic into San Francisco has come to a screeching halt this morning as police try and talk down an armed man who said he was holding his family hostage inside his SUV.

The man called emergency dispatchers around 7:10  am and told them he had a pipe bomb in his car, according to the Contra Costa Times. He said his family was inside the car. The man then pulled his SUV over west of Treasure Island, got out, … Continue reading »

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Should casual carpoolers pay for new Bay Bridge toll?

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For dozens of years, there has been an informal code of conduct for casual carpooling: A driver stops, picks up two people — one who sits in the front, the other in the back — and drives across the Bay Bridge. Usually, the radio is turned to an NPR station.

But today’s advent of a $2.50 charge for carpools is going to upset all the old rules. Will drivers ask for money for the toll? Will passengers be … Continue reading »

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When the bridge is out, what about the ferry?

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With no Bay Bridge, wouldn’t it be nice to have a ferry from Berkeley into the city?

That’s always been my thought, but I’m being persuaded otherwise by David Fielder, a friend who is one of the most visible opponents of the planned Berkeley Marina ferry service.  Certainly when you begin to look at the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s plan, it’s hard to make the numbers add up. The cost of the plan is $57 … Continue reading »

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Bay Bridge Update: Thursday Earliest for Reopen

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The earliest the Bay Bridge will reopen is tomorrow, Thursday, and it could be several days after that, according to Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney who spoke to Kron4.

Read the full report here.

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