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Show of Security After Shooting No Faulty Welds Found In First Inspection Officials Ready to Study Suicide Barriers Golden Gate Shooter Pleads Not Guilty Sections Of Bay Bridge To Be Cut Out New Criteria For Suicide Barrier MTC OKs $1.6m to study suicide barrier 2 crashes led traffic stopped for 2 hours Feds: Bay Bridge Welds Not Faulty  Federal Highway Administration: Welds on the new eastern span are not faulty as had been alleged by ex-welders Toll May Increase To $4 Arrest following fatal traffic accident Compromise Deal Reached on Bridge
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State: No Shoddy Work Claims on Bridge Bridge Worker Shot
Filmmaker recorded suicides  Bridge officials angry with Eric Steel ended up with footage of 19 deaths and several attempts Caltrans Blamed for Bridge Boondoggle Another Toll Hike for the Bridge $6 toll idea for Gate Bridge ignored  The directors' talk was mostly about hitting up bicyclists and pedestrians, tourists, carpoolers and the disabled Citizens capture suspect in carjacking  A group of citizens tackled a man they believed was about to commit suicide by jumping from the bridge Tentative Approval for Suicide Barrier  Hundreds of people have leapt to their death from the Bridge since it opened Body found floating Cranes Clear Bay Spans  2 towering shipping cranes have made their way across the Bay slipping under the bridges with a few feet of clearance Officials Approve Suicide Barrier Study  The board of directors of the District voted 15-1 to proceed with a study of a possible barrier on the bridge Bridge Costs Soar Welders: New Bridge Unsafe


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  The FBI is investigating disturbing claims that the new span being built is riddled with defective welds
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  Police said a toll collector, 58-year old woman, was shot and robbed by Marcellus Cooksey, 42, driving a stolen car
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  Bay Area tolls will increase $1 under to keep in place the designs for a soaring suspension Bay Bridge
Jun.27     New FasTrak lanes open without incident
  The new 3 lanes are located on the far right of the toll plaza


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Aug.11   San Rafael Bridge Retrofit A Bargain  Caltrans: The seismic retrofit of the bridge has been completed at a substantial cost savings Aug.29   Ostrich snarled traffic
  The ostrich was crossing the bridge from Marin to SF, passing through a FasTrak lane


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Sep.9   Commuters stuck in heap of traffic  The backups began just after 5 a.m. and lasted all through the morning and early afternoon Sep.15   Entire eastbound section of bridge closed  A refrigerated truck caught fire on the lower deck of the bridge. Traffic was stopped for about 45 minutes I-80 to Bay Bridge most congeted Sep.26 Bridge At Standstill After Crash   IRS Loses Checks, Papers Into Bay  The truck crashed while traveling the bridge, dumping 30,000 tax items onto the bridge and into the bay

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Oct.16   5-alarm fire  Several of the toll plaza lanes on the Carquinez Bridge were closed while crews battled the fire

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Nov.19   Bridge Toll Takers Don Bullet Proof Vests  Bullet resistant armored vests are at the same ballistic level that a police officer would wear Nov.29   Toll Taker Swapped Cash For Counterfeit  Maurice Grays' supervisors allegedly noticed counterfeit $100 in his cash bags Nov.30   Body Of Teen Found Near Bridge  17-year-old Redwood City boy apparently jumped from the bridge about an hour earlier

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Dec.4   Anxious Moments During Bridge Closure
  Suspicious package was reported. Using a remote controlled robotic arm, officers determined it was not an explosive Dec.8   Governor's Stall Cost State $81 Million  A nearly yearlong delay in construction on the new eastern span cost taxpayers and toll-payers $81 million Dec.17     Rain Delays Opening Of FasTrak Lanes  The weather is putting a damper on Caltrans' plans to open 2 new Fastrack-only lanes Dec.29 Motorcyclist died on Carquinez Bridge


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B. 01-19 Filmmaker recorded suicides Golden Gate Bridge
C. 02-24 Tentative Approval for Suicide Barrier Golden Gate Bridge
3. 03-05 Cranes Clear Bay Spans Golden Gate Bridge
E. 03-11 Officials Approve Suicide Barrier Study Golden Gate Bridge
04-06 Welders: New Bridge Unsafe Bay Bridge
G. 04-10 Bridge Worker Shot Golden Gate Bridge
7. 05-04 Feds: Bay Bridge Welds Not Faulty Eastern Span
8. 06-24 Compromise Deal Reached on Bridge Bay Bridge
9. 06-27 New FasTrak lanes open without incident Bay Bridge




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Filmmaker recorded suicides  Bridge officials angry with Eric Steel ended up with footage of 19 deaths and several attempts Tentative Approval for Suicide Barrier  Hundreds of people have leapt to their death from the Bridge since it opened Body found floating Officials Approve Suicide Barrier Study  The board of directors of the District voted 15-1 to proceed with a study of a possible barrier on the bridge New Criteria For Suicide Barrier 2 crashes led traffic stopped for 2 hours Arrest following fatal traffic accident Ostrich snarled traffic




Bay Area Bridges, 2005 Accidents Timeline ... See Bay Area Accidents timeline, World Accidents timeline Top ^
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  The ostrich was crossing the bridge from Marin to SF, passing through a FasTrak lane
Sep.9 Commuters stuck in heap of traffic  The backups began just after 5 a.m. and lasted all through the morning and early afternoon Sep.15 Entire eastbound section of bridge closed  A refrigerated truck caught fire on the lower deck of the bridge. Traffic was stopped for about 45 minutes Sep.15 I-80 to Bay Bridge most congeted
Sep.26 Bridge At Standstill After Crash Sep.26 IRS Loses Checks, Papers Into Bay  The truck crashed while traveling the bridge, dumping 30,000 tax items onto the bridge and into the bay Oct.16 5-alarm fire  Several of the toll plaza lanes on the Carquinez Bridge were closed while crews battled the fire Nov.30 Body Of Teen Found Near Bridge  17-year-old Redwood City boy apparently jumped from the bridge about an hour earlier Dec.4 Anxious Moments During Bridge Closure
  Suspicious package was reported. Using a remote controlled robotic arm, officers determined it was not an explosive Dec.17   Rain Delays Opening Of FasTrak Lanes  The weather is putting a damper on Caltrans' plans to open 2 new Fastrack-only lanes Dec.29 Motorcyclist died on Carquinez Bridge



Bay Area Bridges, 2005 Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Business timeline, World Business timeline Top ^
2005 Jan.19 Filmmaker recorded suicides
  Bridge officials angry with Eric Steel ended up with footage of 19 deaths and several attempts Jan.21 Caltrans Blamed for Bridge Boondoggle Feb.9 Another Toll Hike for the Bridge Feb.12 $6 toll idea for Gate Bridge ignored  The directors' talk was mostly about hitting up bicyclists and pedestrians, tourists, carpoolers and the disabled Mar.5 Cranes Clear Bay Spans  2 towering shipping cranes have made their way across the Bay slipping under the bridges with a few feet of clearance Apr.1 Bridge Costs Soar Apr.6 Welders: New Bridge Unsafe
  The FBI is investigating disturbing claims that the new span being built is riddled with defective welds
Apr.7 State: No Shoddy Work Claims on Bridge Apr.15 No Faulty Welds Found In First Inspection Apr.21 Sections Of Bay Bridge To Be Cut Out Apr.27 MTC OKs $1.6m to study suicide barrier May.4 Feds: Bay Bridge Welds Not Faulty  Federal Highway Administration: Welds on the new eastern span are not faulty as had been alleged by ex-welders May.16 Toll May Increase To $4 Jun.24 Compromise Deal Reached on Bridge
  Bay Area tolls will increase $1 under to keep in place the designs for a soaring suspension Bay Bridge
Jun.27   New FasTrak lanes open without incident
  The new 3 lanes are located on the far right of the toll plaza
Aug.11 San Rafael Bridge Retrofit A Bargain  Caltrans: The seismic retrofit of the bridge has been completed at a substantial cost savings Dec.8 Governor's Stall Cost State $81 Million  A nearly yearlong delay in construction on the new eastern span cost taxpayers and toll-payers $81 million Dec.17   Rain Delays Opening Of FasTrak Lanes  The weather is putting a damper on Caltrans' plans to open 2 new Fastrack-only lanes



Bay Area Bridges, 2005 Crime Timeline ... See Bay Area Crime timeline, World Crime timeline Top ^
2005 Feb.19 Citizens capture suspect in carjacking  A group of citizens tackled a man they believed was about to commit suicide by jumping from the bridge Apr.10 Bridge Worker Shot
  Police said a toll collector, 58-year old woman, was shot and robbed by Marcellus Cooksey, 42, driving a stolen car
Apr.18 Golden Gate Shooter Pleads Not Guilty Jun.19 Arrest following fatal traffic accident Nov.19 Bridge Toll Takers Don Bullet Proof Vests  Bullet resistant armored vests are at the same ballistic level that a police officer would wear Nov.29 Toll Taker Swapped Cash For Counterfeit  Maurice Grays' supervisors allegedly noticed counterfeit $100 in his cash bags



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2005 Feb.24 Tentative Approval for Suicide Barrier  Hundreds of people have leapt to their death from the Bridge since it opened Mar.11 Officials Approve Suicide Barrier Study  The board of directors of the District voted 15-1 to proceed with a study of a possible barrier on the bridge Apr.11 Show of Security After Shooting
Apr.16 Officials Ready to Study Suicide Barriers