Condos Under SF Bridge? Blogosphere Loves It

The Bay Line, aka Bay Bridge to Nowhere, is catching on
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2009 5:44 AM CDT
Another look at the so-called Bay Line, with the new eastern span, currently under construction, at top.   (Rael San Fratello Architects)
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(Newser) – With the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge due to go out of commission when its replacement is completed (current ETA: 2013), a campaign is amping up in the blogosphere to keep it around as a pimped-out version of New York’s popular High Line. The Bay Line—or, as one blogger dubs it, the Bay Bridge to Nowhere—would include condos, parks, swimming pools and other amenities normally found on land.

The Oakland architect who came up with the plan downplays seismic concerns, telling Curbed SF that if the span can hold up 40-ton trucks and 280,000 commuters a day, a 5,000-pound, three-bedroom condo is small potatoes. “The estimated cost for this—admittedly at this point, almost convincing—flight of fancy?” Andy J. Wang writes. “$723 million.”
(Read more San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge stories.)