Yesterday, as I was chilling in Topeka, I was also checking out national news online, on TV and on the radio. CNN, MSNBC and other networks aired some amazing video of a tanker fire on the MacArthur Maze: the interchange connecting the East Bay to San Francisco.
The elevated roadway that fell carried eastbound traffic from the Bay Bridge onto Interstates 580 and 980 and state Highway 24. It draped like a blanket over a roadway below, a connector from southbound I-80 to I-880 that also was severely damaged. – SF Chronicle
Before this accident, it was a pain to navigate the different freeways knotting into each other at this interchange. During rush hour traffic, it took me about 45 minutes to cover the distance between Richmond and San Francisco. Today, I heard on NPR that about 200,000 people use the Maze daily. Imagine where that leaves them for their daily work/school commutes. I hope BART can handle it all.
I’m also amazed and grateful that nobody got hurt.
I found this video via Jade Park’s blog. Um, good luck Bay Area commuters. You will need it.