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San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
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The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Coordinates 37°49′5″N 122°20′48″W / 37.81806°N 122.34667°W / 37.81806; -122.34667
Carries 10 lanes of I-80 throughout, and pedestrians and bicycles east of Yerba Buena Island (YBI)
Crosses San Francisco Bay
via YBI
Locale San Francisco and Oakland
Owner Caltrans
Maintained by Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority
ID number
  • 34 0003 (West)
  • 34 0004 (YBI Tunnel)
  • 33 0025 (East)
Design Double-decked suspension spans (two, connected by center anchorage), tunnel, cast-in-place concrete transition span, self-anchored suspension span, precast segmental concrete viaduct
Material Steel, concrete
Total length West: 10,304 ft (3,141 m)
East span: 10,176 ft (3,102 m)
Total: 4.46 miles (7.18 km)
excluding approaches
Width West: 5 traffic lanes totaling 57.5 ft (17.5 m)
East: 10 traffic lanes totaling 258.33 ft (78.74 m)
Height West: 526 ft (160 m)
Longest span West: two main spans
2,310 ft (704 m)
East: one main span
1,400 ft (430 m)
Clearance above Westbound: 14 feet (4.3 m), with additional clearance in some lanes
Eastbound: 14.67 feet (4.47 m)
Clearance below West: 220 feet (67 m)
East: 191 feet (58 m)
Designer Charles H. Purcell
Construction begin July 8, 1933
Opened November 12, 1936; 87 years ago (1936-11-12)
Daily traffic 240,000
Toll Cars (east span, westbound only)
$6.00 (rush hours)
$2.50 (carpool rush hours)
$4.00 (weekday non-rush hours)
$5.00 (weekend all day)
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is located in California
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
Location in California

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a series of bridges across San Francisco, California. It is part of Interstate 80 in California.

It has two spans over water. The western span is a suspension bridge while the eastern span is a self-anchored suspension bridge. The eastern span used to be a cantilever bridge but it was removed once the new bridge opened. The cantilever span was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake which is one of the reasons why the Eastern span was replaced.

The west span is a double suspension bridge with two decks. Westbound traffic is carried on the upper deck and eastbound on the lower deck. The new east span is a single deck with the eastbound and westbound lanes on each side. It is the world's widest bridge.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Puente de la Bahía de San Francisco a Oakland para niños

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