Bay Bridge Project Hits Google Earth

By Jessica Greene
|  Friday, Feb 5, 2010  |  Updated 1:57 PM PDT
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The new Bay Bridge span alongside the old one.

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Want a bird's eye view of the ongoing construction on the Bay Bridge? Just turn to Google Earth.

The project to addthe self-anchored suspension span is now visible using the "3D Layers" feature of the free downloadable application. Anyone can now see which parts of the bridge have been lifted into place, Caltrans said Friday.

People who use Google Earth are now able to view the ongoing construction of the Bay Bridge's new self-anchored suspension span to monitor the construction process from any angle. Deck and tower sections that are being lifted will appear green on the program and will turn solid after they are in place, while the rest of the span will remain transparent.

Google Earthers can also "drive" across the not-yet constructed, side-by-side decks of the new eastern span, or climb the bridge's new 525-foot tower.

The first shipment of parts arrived from China last month and the first deck section of the span was hoisted into place earlier this week.

Caltrans hopes to have the new eastern span open to traffic in 2013.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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