San Francisco leaders are well aware that a devastating earthquake could happen at any moment. They’re well aware that buildings with “soft-story” construction will be the most vulnerable during a quake. And they’re painfully aware that building owners aren’t just going to up and retrofit their buildings on their own. Read More
The scarred pavements, chain-link fences and construction vehicles that accompanied a half-decade of construction on the Bay Bridge could soon be replaced by green grass, barking dogs and idling park patrons.
From 2003 to 2009, the sound of work crews was a constant in the South of Market area due to the $471 million undertaking to retrofit the western approach to the Bay Bridge.
To help compensate local residents for the inconvenience, $4 mill Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s latest plan to accelerate seismic retrofits for vulnerable buildings in San Francisco won’t work, analysts say.
City officials have been struggling to get the owners of so-called soft-story buildings in The City — which house about one-third of San Franciscans — to make seismic improvements before the next big earthquake. Read More
While work to replace the eastern span of the Bay Bridge continues, Caltrans is preparing to make $220 million in seismic upgrades to another commuter span — the Dumbarton Bridge.
Construction is slated to begin next year on the retrofit of the 1.6-mile bridge, which connects Menlo Park on the Peninsula to Fremont in the East Bay. Read More