Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bye, Bye, Doyle Drive -- Day 111

Walk: R/T Mindful Body, R/T Bridge Theater (The Hunter)
Distance:  33 Blocks and Teach Yoga Class


Crews work to demolish Doyle Drive, the narrow approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, April 28, 2012. The 1.6-mile approach, which opened along with the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937, closed for good at 8 p.m. Friday between Marina Boulevard/Richardson Avenue and Highway 1. Crews will spend the weekend demolishing Doyle Drive, which will be replaced by the $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway project.

Crews work to demolish Doyle Drive, the narrow approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, April 28, 2012. The 1.6-mile approach, which opened along with the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937, closed for good at 8 p.m. Friday between Marina Boulevard/Richardson Avenue and Highway 1. Crews will spend the weekend demolishing Doyle Drive, which will be replaced by the $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway project.

  http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1681730592?bctid=1611419310001  (video)

Picture and Caption above are  from The Chronicle such as it they could be copied.  The demolition began approximately 22 hours ago and will go on continuously/non-stop until the old Doyle Drive is completely gone and a new road has been cleared for traffic.  Fingers crossed.  This is a big, complex deal physically and emotionally, and many Bay Area residents are carrying it around with them as they go about their weekends.  Love it or hate it, there are decades of memories of this only access road to and from the Golden Gate Bridge since it was built 75 years ago.  Those are already demolished and have to be moved somewhere else to a new mental/emotional holding area.  There are too the very present concerns (at best) about the impact of the new road - "temporary" until 2015/3 years from now - on traffic and the daily lives that depend on this crucial traffic flow between San Francisco, Marin County and beyond.  It is very difficult realistically to hand trust over to the construction companies and Federal agencies in charge of this enormous and fragile mission, but that is our only choice.  I wish us all well - workers and those of us who stand by.

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