Bay Area Girls Go Behind the Building of Bay Bridge

One of the best things about Transportation YOU programs is that because each chapter is located in different parts of the country, no two programs are the same. In the spring, WTS San Francisco Bay took its Transportation YOU members out for a Bay Bridge site visit. There were 28 girls (from three different schools) and four Girls Inc. chaperones.

The program started in the Bay Bridge Public Information Office. The girls first looked around the office. They observed the models of the bridge, artifacts found on site, and some tools used in the construction of the bridge that had been laid out.  There were three women speakers, including Michelle DiFrancia, a planner with HNTB who worked with the planning of the bridge landing project and parkway, Jordona Jackson with Mega Projects Studio, who works the public relations of the bridge project, and Katherine Quillin with AB/F with the construction firm building the bridge. Each speaker gave her background, role on the project, and answered some questions from the girls—and there were a lot of questions! The girls were very interested in what the speakers had to say.  Next, Steve Padilla, who works at the Bay Bridge Public Information Office, went through a video about the Bridge and the construction. He then led everyone outside, where the girls climbed in true scale models of the SAS tower. (SAS stands for Self Anchored Suspension. A portion for the new bridge will be a self-anchored suspension bridge span.)  The visit ended with the girls commenting on what they learned and what they appreciated about the visit. And then some snacks for road, of course.

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