On November 12, 1936, the Bay Bridge opened to actual traffic. It took a bit over 3 years to build and immediately caused “the greatest traffic jam in the history of S.F.”. Nowadays, it carries almost 300 000 vehicles a day. It resembles closely its sibling the Golden Gate Bridge, which is one of the most famous suspension bridges in the world.
Handy recognition tips:
- if it’s red, it’s probably the Golden Gate (the Bay Bridge being grey)
- if it’s next to Alcatraz, it’s the Golden Gate
- if traffic goes only one way it’s the Bay Bridge (top side goes eastwards)
- if it’s split in two, with an island in the middle, it’s the Bay Bridge