The Times from San Mateo, California on October 19, 1967 · Page 50
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The Times from San Mateo, California · Page 50

San Mateo, California
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Thursday, October 19, 1967
Page 50
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- .' - :w 'Longest Brid , mi Aspiration of New low - level lighting on San Mateo - Hpyward Bridge Safety, Economy Lighting Design By LUIS BATIZA Senior Electrical Engineer Public safety, convenience and economy were the primary considerations in the design of the electrical and mechanical system for ihe San Mateo - Hayward Bridge. A major feature is the low - mouflted continuous lighting, ex - lending the entire length of the bridge. Other features of the electrical and mechanical de - I sign for the bridge are an ultramodern, high - voltage power system and a computer type control system. Low mounted fluorescent fix tures are placed end - to - end on the median barrier in the center of the roadway. The lighting fixtures will provide uniform ruad surface brightness and a pleas ant appearance, superior to conventional lighting. The panoramic view from the bridge is preserved because no vertical poles project above bridge railings. Before the light ing was installed, the system was studied and tested by the Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering of the Un iversity of California. Electrical power is furnished to substations on the bridge from PG&E sources, in flan Ma teo and Hayward. The power system is designed for utmostj iiiiiiniimiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiHiMiiiiiiiiMiMiriiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimii Bridge to Profoundly Affect Future Foley To the Editor: We are delighted to hear that the San Mateo Times is planning to publish, a special section to commemorate the completion oJ the San Ma - teo - Hayward Bridge. The new San Mateo - Hayward Bridge is one of eight toll bridges in California, with a ninth under construction over San Diego Bay. Seven of the eight bridges are maintained and operated by the State Divisioo of Bay Toll Crossings. In addition to the San Mateo - Hayward Bridge, they are the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge, the Carquinez, Benicia - Martinez, Richmond - San Rafael, Dumbarton and Vincent Thomas Bridges. The latter spans the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor; the remainder are in the San Francisco Bay Area. The eighth toll bridge, the world - famous Golden Gate is operated by a special district, the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District. We regard bridges as something special. They are vital transportation links, but they are even more than that. They are frequently symbols oi a community and are closely identified with the areas they serve. We look at bridges as structures which stand as monuments of beauty and utility for the present and the generations to come. The task of maintaining our bridges is one that is not taken lightly. On the Bay Bridge alone, almost 80 painters work continuously to keep the structural steel in perfect condition so that the crossing can continue its job of service in the years ahead. Hand in hand with the responsibility of maintaining the existing bridges - is the task of planning, designing and building new ones to meet the needs of a growing California. This also is the responsibility of the Division of Bay Toll Crossings. Traffic has been increasing steadily qri jail of our bridges; and at the same time the bridges have done their part to promote the economic development o9 the areas they serve. Some of our bridges are at the point of saturation and new crossings are needed to provide for the transportation requirement of the Bay Area. For years, the San Mateo - Hayward Bridge was a bottleneck, because the long, two - lane crossing with its traffic - delaving liftspan was becoming increasingly overcrowded. Now. we are completing a new, high - level bridge which already haswori widespread acclaim for its beautiful design. We are confident that, residents of the Bay Area will point to it with pride in the years to come. At the same time, its four - lane trestle and six - lane high - level section will provide a safe and easy passage over the bay for the increasing traffic of the future. We are also - engaged - in designing a new Southern Crossing, linking the southern part of San Francisco with Alameda and Bay Farm Island. This will provide a new and urgently needed crossing which will relieve the iricreasingly congested Bay Bridge and connect to new freeway approaches ftrand from San Francisco and the East Bay. It is a structure which will have a profound effect on the economic development of the Bay Afeain the . future. - 1 ' " . ' - r - We have also - tieen studying the need for additional developments be - ' t ween San Pirancisca and Marin County oyer the Golden Gate corridor and replacement of Dumbarton - Bridge, which is becoming increasingly congested because of rapid growth in Southern Alameda County and the Penin - '. siila: '": ' : '. .; - . - - . These, then are the responsibilities of the Division of Bay Toll Crossings: the - - operation and maintenance of existing toll bridges and the planning, design and construction, of new ones, as they are needed. We are delighted that, your newspaper recognizes the importance of the state's major bridges by devoting a special section to the newest of them. ' , y' Sincerely yours, E.R.FOLEY, Chief Engineer, Division of Bay Toll Crossings llllllllHIIIMMIMHimimHIllllMIHIMIIIIMIIIIIIMIIIIIIIMIIIIIIIHIirillllllllllllHINMimilltlimillllHII'lHlfHIin dependability and a complete power failure is almost an impossibility. The power system components and nJher electrical and mechanical devices are con trolled and contmaully moni tored by a solid - state multiplex system known in the trade a; an electronic monster. A single electrician with a. strong pushbutton finger can maintain, troubleshoot and govern the entire, system. The bridge also features a comprehensive 'mechanical sys tem. Large compressors pro vide air to outlets at each pier The air will be used by bridge painters in their never - ending job of painting and maintaining the bridge steel. The compressors are automatically controlled to provide only the nec essary supply of air. They shut themselces off automaticaiiy when not in use. The steel towers which sun - port the main span flank the navigation channel under the bridge. Special lights and signals will direct ships as they approach and pass under the bridge. A wood Fender system around the bridge piers will prevent i damage from passible ship colli sions. The fenders will be pro tected from fire damage by a water spray system. Visual and audible alarms will be activated at the toll plaza by heat sensing and water. flow detection devices on the bridge. Bay Bridge Chief Lives In San Mateo E. R. Foley, who heads the Division of Bay Toll Crossings ana noias toe title ot Jtuei Engi neer, is a resident ot ban Mateo. He and his wife. Josephine, moved to San Mateo earlier this year from San Francisco to ful fill a longtime desire to Jive on peninsula. a a State engineer since 1932, Foley has made his home in various parts of California. He nas wonted in Sacramento id has headed Division of Highways districts in San Luis Obispo and Bishop "in years past. Foley joined the State service after graduating from the University of California in 1932, with a degree in civil engineerr ing. He spent most of the next 10 vears in bridge design and construction work. During World war i, He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Civil Engineer Corps for four years, two of them with the Seabees in the South Pacific. He retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander in 1965. In November 1963, Foley was named Chief Engineer of, the Division of Bay Tofl Crossings, which at that time was reorgan ized as a Statewide agency. The Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of seven state - owned toll bridges and for the planning, design and construction of new ones. A current construction project is a $44 million bridge from San Diego to Coronado, the first vehicu lar crossing of San Diego Bay. This facility is scheduled to be completed m 1969. The Foleys have two children Dennis, a student at San Jose State, and Lynn, a student at Santa Clara university. Representing the dream of vi sionaries who foresaw an even tual "Sierra to the Sea way, linking the magnificent I San Mateo County beaches and coastal area, and a tra highway system, the first San Mateo - Hayward bridge was ded icated on March 2, 1929, when President Calvin Coolidge pressed a button in the White House to lower the lift span into place, at 3:30 p.m., Pacific time. Horace W. Amphlett, chairman of the San Mateo County Committee which had achieved the aspirations of years in coor d i n a t i o n with a matching Alameda County committee headed by.l. B. Parsons, presid - ed over the ceremonies. Among the speakers that day were tne Hon. James Rolph, Jr., then mayor of San Francisco and later governor of California; Maj. Gen. John L. Hines, commander of the Ninth Army Corps, and Admiral Thomas G. Washington, commander of the 12th Naval District. When President Coolidge pressed the button, it simultaneously fired a bomb, which released an American Flag. Amphlett, a civic leader who wasfand and ' the to mid - Peninsula Mateo was active in a multitude of fot - ward - tooKBig civic activities, ranging from playhouse devel opment to pioneer expans the business community. the founder, of the Amphlett Printing company publisher of the San Mateo Times, still printed by the Am phlett corporation. He and others here worked years to develop the bridge. which ended the isolation of San Mateo from the East Bay and the valleys and mountains beyond The Amphlett family and its newspaper continued over the years, to support further devel opment of the. cross - Bay trans - ; portation link, leading to present magnificent $70,000,000 structure. The first contract for the orig inal Dridge, projected across seven miles of the Bay. and at that time the longest highway bridge in the world, was signed December 16, 1927, the first pile being driven the following; March i. By uctoner Z5, 1938, 4,J54 piles had been driven; and by November 9, 1928, the 7.1 miles of bridge deck was completed. On dedication day, ceremo nies banilVAii - &ij - cibI ihsiActiop of t&Wojr mi fii co, mmmi ' At t23S?B&. mtab )iin.. - tJ nkliri Hotel at the Bear Flra heard "an address; by J. E. McCurdy, eity attorney of San Mateo. At 1:45 p.m., a parade jf officials and guests from third avenue and El Carnmo to the span began, led by'ttae Stanford University band. i Ceremonies began at 2 pm. with a host of speakers, and with the Stanford band alternating with the Band of the San Mateo Pyramid of Scwts and the Musicians Union Band. Army bi - planes flew overhead.' Rae Wantland, secretary of the toll bridge company, cut the ribboit to open the bridge frir public inspection, the red; whie and blue ribbon being held by Fay iO'Connor of Burbnftante and Barbara Hedricks of San Mateo. Miss O'Connor, now Mrs. Fay O'Connor Heaney, is presently clerk to Judge Marcel Biscay, and has been invited vjp 9 VHH nVB sttflswReulnrikii AT ORIGINAL DEDICATION Prominent in dedication of original San Mateo - Hayward Bridge are, second from left, standing, Fred: Beer, mayor of City of San Mateo; Horace Amphletti.publisher of San Matelo Times; and Mayor James Rolph of San Francisco' (later governor of California). .4. jfel? - ffra f.frfo fr c Bay Area ; We Salute the Opening of The Great New 70 Million San Mateo - Hay ward Bridge It Will Greatly Accelerate the Development of the Entire Bey Area San Mateo County Sets The Pace For Bay Area Growth POPULATION 1960 1964 444,387 558,600 EFFECTIVE BUYING POWER Per Capita $2,839 $3,406 Per Household $8,781 $11,106 RETAIL SALES $573,269,000 $605,781,000 EMPLOYMENT 92,427. .131,557 TOTAL PAYROLL $540,568,000 $927,994,741 In the above 6 year period 1,795 new plants or. expansions created a capital investment of $341,100,000. The Sao Mateo County Development Association worki to bring suitable business and industry to San Mateo County: This provides a sound economy, aids, tremendously in balancing the tax rate and creates employment and prosperity for the Peninsula. For - statistic, - information and assistance phone 349 - 1311. ' : " SAN MATEO COUNTY DEVELOPMENT ASSN. (INCORPORATED) 1941 O'Farrell Street, San Mateo Phone 349 - 1211 We pledge our cO - operdtlon to East Bay business, industrial and civic leaders in a mutual effort la build the economy of the Bay Area.

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