Prepare to say goodbye to the old Bay Bridge, as construction workers will be demolishing it by blowing part of it up 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 largest concrete pier of the old Bay Bridge eastern span (Pier E3) this Saturday. Set your alarm for 1pm on November 14th, when 600(!) explosives will be placed on the underground pier and detonate over the course of six seconds. Also it’s important to note that Caltrans is shutting down the new Bay Bridge (including the pedestrian path) for the fifteen minutes surrounding the detonation. For more information, click here.