Bridge of a Different Structure

The bridge and some construction machinery disappear into the early morning fog/EarthCam® construction camera

The bridge and some construction machinery disappear into the early-morning fog/EarthCam® construction camera

Contra Costa Times reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen wondered in her May 28, 2013, San Jose Mercury News article if Left Coast Lifter would be too much for New Yorkers.

“The bigger question is whether thin-skinned New Yorkers can stomach the super-size barge’s moniker,” Vorderbrueggen wrote. Comparing its previous assignment on the 4.5-mile span between San Francisco and Alameda counties (cost: $6.4 billion) to the bridge replacement project, she called ours “far less prestigious.”

That’s her opinion.

New York State figured the cost to be $5.2 billion, with a planned $1.5 billion TIFIA loan. Ha! We got a $1.6 billion loan, and the cost is one-quarter less than anticipated. And while I’m sure the view from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s shared use path is impressive, I’ll take the gorgeous Hudson Valley scenery any time.

4:30 p.m. update: The super crane has been dubbed I Lift NY for its work in New York, per a press release from project officials. Wonder if this blog post had anything to do with it? (Smile)

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

3 comments so far

  1. […] Remember when Contra Costa Times reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen mused in May if the name Left Coast Lifter might be too much for us? And something about the bridge replacement project being “less prestigious” or similar nonsense. […]

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  2. […] believe my January 15 blog post about comments made by one West Coast reporter had something to do with the Left Coast Lifter being […]

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  3. […] Rumor has it the state renamed the crane I Lift NY due to this blog post. […]

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