On Labor Day & Bridges

Jose Santa Ana
Sep. 3, 2013 by Jose Santa Ana

This past weekend marked the unofficial end of summer here in the US. Yesterday was labor day, and for most people that meant it was a three-day weekend. That typically translates to outdoor activities like grilling hotdogs and burgers, fishing, and spending good times with friends and family. This also means you can no longer wear white in some circles, and the dreaded back-to-school feeling for the lucky ones who start their school year later than others.

For us here in the San Francisco bay area, the big “event” was the 5-day closure of the San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge. This long overdue 10-year, 6.4 billion dollar project was to replace the old bay bridge that was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The replacement span is designed to withstand the strongest earthquake estimated by seismologists to occur at the site over a 1,500-year period.

The old bridge was closed over the long weekend to allow crews to finish connecting the new bridge and getting it online. Scheduled to open at 5 am Tuesday morning, pictures of the first people crossing the new span already started showing up on social media around 10 pm Monday night. And it’s a pretty good-looking bridge.

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Speaking of bridges, Message Systems today also released a fun new video showing how we can help you bridge the gap between you and your customers more easily, across multiple channels, more effectively. (See what I did there?)

You can check it out below. Enjoy!

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