Golden Gate Bridge clock returns to toll plaza

The Art Deco clock on the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza was reinstalled over the weekend after a roughly eight-month absence, but it will take a few more weeks before its hands start moving again.

The 8-foot clock was taken down in August for refurbishment and as part of modification work for a seismic retrofit project at the plaza, according to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

The district's electrical department team removed the clock's motor, gear box, electrical wiring and neon tubes, officials said.

The parts were then shipped to the clock's original manufacturer.

A mechanic also stripped the clock and its mounting base to bare metal, according to the district.

Painters prepared, primed and repainted the clock and its base with multiple coats of high-quality polyurethane paint. New number decals were also applied on the clock.

The re-installation started Friday night when a truck took the clock to the roadway at the plaza and crane lifted it to the roof where crews secured it.

Over the new few weeks, crews will conduct retrofitting work on the plaza's roof. During that time, the clock will be installed with electrical conduits that will allow it to function.

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