Could Old Bay Bridge Span Become a Park?

Architect Ronald Rael proposes preserving the discarded span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and turning it into a park and mixed-use development, in the spirit of NY's High Line.

MTC spokesperson Randy Rentschler says Rael's plan is a 'pipe dream' due to the fact that the span would need an extensive seismic retrofit.

"Rael, however, is quite serious about the project, pointing to many examples of re-purposing bridges and rail infrastructure to house dwellings and parks, including the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Promenade Plantee in Paris, and the Belt Line in Atlanta. Rael envisions the project as an important use of existing infrastructure to promote urban density and has a proposal to pay for the necessary seismic retrofits, which he points out, would be billions cheaper than the ballooned cost of the new self-anchored suspension bridge that is being built for cars."

Full Story: UC Planners Envision 'Bay Line' Park on the Old Bay Bridge Span

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