Tesla tweeted earlier today (Sept. 2,2013) that 12 Tesla Model S's made history being part of the first cars to cross the all new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in a ceremony earlier today.The new Eastern Span of the Bay Bride will officially open to the public tomorrow (Sept. 3,2013). The last time this bridge had such a large occasion for celebration was when it first opened 76 years ago on Nov. 12, 1936. Since its opening, the Bay Bridge continues to serve as a vital part of California's Bay Area economy allowing safe transport of over 280,000 cars on average every day.
The Bay Bridge's eastern span retrofitting has had a tumultuous history of sorts ever since the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 caused a section of the upper deck of the eastern truss viaduct portion of the bridge to collapse onto the deck below, indirectly causing one death at the point of collapse. Finally after years of planning, earthquake studies and bidding, construction began in 2002 with a completion date around 2007, which never happened obviously. After scrapping and reinstating the original design due to funding issues and disagreement with the current Governor of California at the time (Arnold Schwarzenegger), construction resumed with a few delays and controversies (to say the least) that finally culminated to today's opening day and final completion.
It is appropriate and fitting to have Telsa Motors and their Model S to be among the first cars to cross the new eastern span. Both born in times of economic hardship and carrying their fair share of funding controversies that both have overcome (The Bay Bridge being over budget and delayed and Tesla Motors receiving government funds that they ultimately paid off) the new Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge and the Tesla Model S are products of successful innovations in California.
Congratulations to Telsa and the greater Bay Area on today's bridge opening and crossing. Designed to last over 150 years and withstand the next big earthquake with proper maintenance, the residents of the Bay Area can finally resume their normal commute and Tesla can be apart of history.
Source: Tesla Motors