Drivers started crossing the brand new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around 10 PM Monday night and this morning we got this adorable video from EarthCam providing a time-lapse video of the 59-month project.

According to Earth Cam, The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) relied on 12 EarthCam construction cameras to document progress for the $6.4 billion bridge. So, in 2008, EarthCam installed a combination of live streaming video cameras and high definition time-lapse systems, documenting the progress from 42 preset angles.
The cameras were in place for almost 6 years of progress–and now the footage has been boiled down into this 4 minute movie.






About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

3 Responses

  1. lia

    Absolutely AMAZING. Very cool video. I have no idea who used the words “cutest ever construction video” and “adorable video” in the caption and description text of the article about this footage but I hardly think they were an appropriate choice of adjectives given the technological & engineering feat both the building of the bridge and the time-lapsed video of the erecting it. Just sayin’….

  2. Anon

    It is probably the farthest possible thing from “adorable.” Like Lia said, awful choice of adjectives.


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