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  FasTrak Expands on Bridge  If commuters signed up for Fastrak, they'll be able to get across the bridge faster Large oceangoing ship hits bridge  A 650-foot oceangoing ship struck the base of a support tower on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Man jumped to his death from Bridge   Cash lane converted to FasTrak lane  Caltrans officials, concerned that the conversion might increase traffic Van crashes into toll plaza building, 2 killed
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B. 04-02 Traffic Nightmare Creeps on for Hours Bay Bridge
2. 05-27 Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target Bay Bridge
D. 07-24 Van crashes into toll plaza building, 2 killed Bay Bridge
08-16 Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill Bay Bridge
F. 09-07 2 Thrown into Bay in Bridge Crash San Mateo Bridge

Health Care Workers Rally  Thousands of union health care workers converged in a show of a solidarity for universal health care Man threatened to jump off bridge Accident left at least one person dead Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck
Potholes Jam Traffic on San Rafael Bridge Nat. Guard wants review of Bridge duty Overnight Shutdowns on Richmond Bridge Flooding reported Sea Lion Rescued from 25-Foot Perch Traffic a mess after major accident  A crash involving a bus, a truck and at least one car temporarily brought Oakland-bound traffic to a complete halt Voters Approve Bridge Toll Hike District proposing fare increases Boat capsizes, 3 rescued Traffic Nightmare Creeps on for Hours  2 left lanes were shut down as police tried to deal with a man who was threatening to jump off the bridge Police Arrest Man Who Tied Up Traffic  38 year-old man who created a huge traffic jam by threatening to jump off the span is now facing a variety of charges State demands investigation into backup Manmade spider web to stop jumpers Traffic Diverted Off Major Ramp Nat. Guard to End Surveillance of Bridge Nat. Guard leaving Bridge security detail 25-year-old victim of fatal accident Deer halts traffic Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target


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  Only 1 contractor submitted a bid for the suspension portion of the new span, and job came in at $1.8 billion


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  Voters approved Measure 2, raising $125-million a year for a number of transportation projects
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  The van ended up embedded in the back wall. The van's driver and his passenger died. 2 pedestrian injured
Jul.26   Driver in Toll Plaza crash had criminal past  Ronald Wade McClave, 39, stabbed his parents to death in 1989, but he was found not guilty by reason of insanity Jul.30 Fiery crash results in major injuries   Bridge Worker Plummets to His Death  A construction worker was knocked off or fell from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Jul.31   Investigation Into Cause of Bridge Fall  The construction accident that killed an iron worker is now being investigated by Cal-OSHA to determine what happened Bridge Retrofit Costs Skyrocket

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Aug.16   Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
  The state blames the upscale signature design for more than half of the cost overrun
Aug.22   Battle Begins over Bridge Retrofit  A prominent business group has urged lawmakers not give in to the pressure to raise tolls to pay for the new eastern span

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Sep.7   2 Thrown into Bay in Bridge Crash
  The Coast Guard was desperately searching for a 4-year-old boy. One adult and one child were rescued
Sep.8   CHP: driver unlicensed; boy missing  CHP is considering criminal charges against two sets of parents because neither youngster was strapped into the child seat Sep.11 Bay Area lawmakers discussed bridge Sep.18 4 lanes closed after accident Sep.19   Carjacker Evades CHP During Chase
  One man carjacked 4 vehicles in less than 90 minutes, crashing one of them on the Bay Bridge before fleeing into SF Sep.30   Project Could Get Redesign  The state rejected the $1.4 billion bid to rebuild the distinctive tower section of new span

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Oct.17   15th anniversary of Loma Prieta quake
  The 1989 quake was collapsing a portion of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge. In all, 68 people died

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Nov.25   Suicidal woman closed bridge  The bridge was closed for an hour and a half while police attempted to persuade the woman to leave her vehicle

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Dec.10   Simpler Plan Chosen for Span
  Schwarzenegger wants to scrap the expensive suspension design in favor of a cheaper skyway   Heavy Fog Snarls Travelers  Visibility was very low near the toll plaza during the morning commute




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Potholes Jam Traffic on San Rafael Bridge Overnight Shutdowns on Richmond Bridge Flooding reported Sea Lion Rescued from 25-Foot Perch Traffic a mess after major accident  A crash involving a bus, a truck and at least one car temporarily brought Oakland-bound traffic to a complete halt Boat capsizes, 3 rescued Traffic Nightmare Creeps on for Hours  2 left lanes were shut down as police tried to deal with a man who was threatening to jump off the bridge State demands investigation into backup Manmade spider web to stop jumpers Traffic Diverted Off Major Ramp 25-year-old victim of fatal accident Deer halts traffic Man threatened to jump off bridge Accident left at least one person dead Large oceangoing ship hits bridge  A 650-foot oceangoing ship struck the base of a support tower on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Man jumped to his death from Bridge Van crashes into toll plaza building, 2 killed




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  The van ended up embedded in the back wall. The van's driver and his passenger died. 2 pedestrian injured
Jul.26 Driver in Toll Plaza crash had criminal past  Ronald Wade McClave, 39, stabbed his parents to death in 1989, but he was found not guilty by reason of insanity Jul.30 Fiery crash results in major injuries
Jul.30 Bridge Worker Plummets to His Death  A construction worker was knocked off or fell from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Sep.7 2 Thrown into Bay in Bridge Crash
  The Coast Guard was desperately searching for a 4-year-old boy. One adult and one child were rescued
Sep.8 CHP: driver unlicensed; boy missing  CHP is considering criminal charges against two sets of parents because neither youngster was strapped into the child seat Sep.18 4 lanes closed after accident Oct.17 15th anniversary of Loma Prieta quake  The 1989 quake was collapsing a portion of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge. In all, 68 people died Nov.25 Suicidal woman closed bridge  The bridge was closed for an hour and a half while police attempted to persuade the woman to leave her vehicle Dec.10 Heavy Fog Snarls Travelers  Visibility was very low near the toll plaza during the morning commute



Bay Area Bridges, 2004 Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Business timeline, World Business timeline Top ^
2004 Mar.2 Voters Approve Bridge Toll Hike
Mar.12 District proposing fare increases May.27 Bridge bid comes in $1 billion over target
  Only 1 contractor submitted a bid for the suspension portion of the new span, and job came in at $1.8 billion
Jun.19 Health Care Workers Rally  Thousands of union health care workers converged in a show of a solidarity for universal health care Jul.1 Bridges Tolls Go Up a Buck
  Voters approved Measure 2, raising $125-million a year for a number of transportation projects
Jul.11   FasTrak Expands on Bridge  If commuters signed up for Fastrak, they'll be able to get across the bridge faster Jul.19   Cash lane converted to FasTrak lane  Caltrans officials, concerned that the conversion might increase traffic Jul.31 Bridge Retrofit Costs Skyrocket Aug.16 Bay Area Might Be Stuck with Bridge Bill
  The state blames the upscale signature design for more than half of the cost overrun
Sep.30 Project Could Get Redesign  The state rejected the $1.4 billion bid to rebuild the distinctive tower section of new span Dec.10 Simpler Plan Chosen for Span  Schwarzenegger wants to scrap the expensive suspension design in favor of a cheaper skyway



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2004 Apr.3 Police Arrest Man Who Tied Up Traffic  38 year-old man who created a huge traffic jam by threatening to jump off the span is now facing a variety of charges Jul.26 Driver in Toll Plaza crash had criminal past  Ronald Wade McClave, 39, stabbed his parents to death in 1989, but he was found not guilty by reason of insanity Sep.8 CHP: driver unlicensed; boy missing  CHP is considering criminal charges against two sets of parents because neither youngster was strapped into the child seat Sep.19 Carjacker Evades CHP During Chase  One man carjacked 4 vehicles in less than 90 minutes, crashing one of them on the Bay Bridge before fleeing into SF



Bay Area Bridges, 2004 Politics Timeline ... See Bay Area Politics timeline, World Politics timeline Top ^
2004 Jan.19 Nat. Guard wants review of Bridge duty Apr.27 Nat. Guard to End Surveillance of Bridge Apr.28 Nat. Guard leaving Bridge security detail Jul.31 Investigation Into Cause of Bridge Fall  The construction accident that killed an iron worker is now being investigated by Cal-OSHA to determine what happened Aug.22 Battle Begins over Bridge Retrofit  A prominent business group has urged lawmakers not give in to the pressure to raise tolls to pay for the new eastern span Sep.11 Bay Area lawmakers discussed bridge Oct.17 15th anniversary of Loma Prieta quake  The 1989 quake was collapsing a portion of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge. In all, 68 people died