Four giant cranes bound for the Oakland crept beneath the Bay Bridge
Wednesday morning with less than two feet to spare. If you are a Bay Area
resident, you have seen this happen once before and will see it again, as
the Port of Oakland continues to import the monster container movers from
Asia. I myself find this incredibly cool, as it involves one giant object
moving and successfully missing another giant object.
weathered a 23-day voyage from Shanghai and then waited like an eerie
monster off the coast for the right timing. The lowest tide of the day is
the best chance to slip the $5.5 million cranes beneath the bridge -- with
22 to 25 inches to spare.
Eastbound traffic on the lower deck was halted by the California Highway
Patrol while the cranes passed below. The main reason for keeping traffic
off the span isn't motorist safety. It's to make sure the weight of traffic
on the suspension bridge doesn't flatten out the bridge. "We want to keep
the bridge as high as possible," said Caltrans spokesman Colin Jones.