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    Anyone going out to watch them blow up the bridge? Can I come?

    In what will likely be the coolest Instagram video you've ever shot, the old Bay Bridge is being completely demolished this weekend.

    According to SFist, the exhausting effort needed to take down the eastern span piece by piece was simply taking too long, was too expensive, and might even hurt the surrounding wildlife. Instead, Caltrans has decided to blow up the whole thing this Saturday. Set your alarms for 9am on November 7th, when 600(!) explosives will be placed on the underground pier and detonate over the course of six seconds.

    Despite the cool show, the demolition—which will cost $160 million— could also create a large dust cloud over the Bay. Caltrans plans to create an 'air curtain' around the pier using pipes blowing compressed air into the water, but you'll probably still want to take precautions if you plan to anywhere near the detonation site.

    Also, important to know: Caltrans is shutting down the new Bay Bridge for the fifteen minutes surrounding the detonation. Fingers crossed.

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    I think the author of the article you refer to needs to take a course in comprehension.

    Cal trans is only blowing up one underwater concrete pier, NOT the remaining lego set of remaining old bridge.

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    You might see the water jump up 10-15 feet, from 2 miles away.

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    Hope the don't blow up the wrong pier by mistake.

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    Anyone remember the Dumbarton Bridge in 1984 or the Antioch Bridge a decade or so earlier?Dumbarton #2.jpg

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    Caltrans delayed the implosion, now due the following weekend.

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    Pier E3 Implosion Planned for Saturday 11/14

    Whole Month of November is Most Environmentally Conscious Time for Demolition

    OAKLAND--Today, Caltrans announced that the implosion of Pier E3 is scheduled take place on Saturday 11/14, one week later than previously planned. Experts opted to move the date Tuesday morning after their thorough inspections found certain project materials were unsatisfactory.

    "This is our process at work," said Brian Maroney, Chief Bridge Engineer for the Caltrans Toll Bridge Program. "Safety is the first priority. We commend the contractor for their diligent and extensive verification of the product they received, and for swiftly notifying us of the desire to reschedule. Safely and responsibly executing the implosion within the month of November remains our main objective."

    Today, the media was given an extensive briefing on what to expect on the updated implosion date of Saturday November 14th, including environmental monitoring procedures, scientific analysis and predictions of what to expect before and after the event.

    Members of the public should keep the following in mind during the implosion on Saturday November 14th:

    The implosion is expected to total six seconds, and will occur mostly underwater.
    The single best place to watch the implosion will be online. Follow along on twitter at #E3Implosion, or check for more information.
    There is a perimeter of 1,500 feet around the demolition site, which will be enforced by the California Highway Patrol.
    Bay Bridge traffic will be held for approximately 15 minutes to prevent potential distraction to drivers.
    BART trains will be held temporarily outside of the Transbay Tube, resulting in slight delays.
    The public will have no access to viewpoints on the eastern side of Yerba Buena Island.
    The bike path will be closed to the public starting at 6pm on November 13 until after the implosion, at least 10 am on Saturday November 14.


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    the "show" has been moved to daybreak tomorrow

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