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Inside the New Bay Bridge

On a recent sunny San Franciscan morning, associate editor Miyoko Ohtake put on a yellow vest, protective goggles, and a hardhat to partake in a deep-access tour of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Led by Bay Bridge Public Information Officer Bart Ney, the tour included a visit to (and inside!) the new eastern skyway as well as a boat cruise around the base of the bridge, which is expected to be completed in 2013. Watch our slideshow for a look into the construction of the incredible structure.

We started the tour on the new eastern skyway section of the bridge. Unlike the western span that connects San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island, the eastern span comprises two bridges: the skyway (the section closest to and connecting with Oakland) and the self-anchored suspension, or SAS, bridge (the section closet to Yerba Buena Island that will feature the new "signature tower"). Pictured here is the 15.5-foot pedestrian and bike path on the southern side of the eastbound lanes of the skyway.

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