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I'm not often out in traffic during rush hour but this afternoon I set my mind to visiting the Richmond-San Rafael bridge to see if I could get a few photos of the earthquake retrofit that has been underway for about three years. But as I entered downtown San Rafael I discovered traffic backed up at the freeway entrance. I took side streets until I reached the entrance of San Quentin prison where I intended to shoot. The traffic jam on the freeway extended to surrounding streets and it took quite a while to extricate myself and find a parking place. I will be the first to admit that traffic is not too outlandish on the top level of this two level bridge, but I can assure you that on the lower level there is a monstrous traffic jam that extends back for well over a mile. Four emergency vehicles drove past me as I stood taking photographs, sirens wailing. I decided then and there that this would be my rush hour shot.

This bridge, completed in 1956, carries over 60,000 vehicles every day from and to Marin County. The retrofit project began in 2001 and will not be completed until the winter of 2005 at a cost of well over $300 million. Below is a link to a website that describes in detail what is being done, for the benefit of those among you who are interested in bridges.

Richmond-San Rafael Retrofit Project

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