Author Event - A Tale of Two Bridges with Stephen Mikesell

The Avid Reader is excited to welcome Davis author Stephen Mikesell for a reading, discussion, and signing of his facinating narrative history, "A Tale of Two Bridges" on Friday, May 26th at 7:30 p.m.

A Tale of Two Bridges is a history of two versions of the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge: the original bridge built in 1936 and a replacement for the eastern half of the bridge finished in 2013. The 1936 bridge revolutionized transportation in the Bay Area and profoundly influenced settlement patterns in the region. It was also a remarkable feat of engineering. By contrast, the East Span replacement, which was planned between 1989 and 1998, and built between 1998 and 2013, fell victim to cost overruns in the billions of dollars, was a decade behind schedule, and suffered from structural problems that has made it a perpetual maintenance nightmare.

Mikesell excels at explaining highly technical engineering issues in language that can be understood and appreciated by general readers. Here is the story of two very important bridges, which provides a fair but uncompromising analysis of why one bridge succeeded and the other did not.

Stephen Mikesell is an historic preservation specialist and public historian living in Davis, CA. He is the former Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for California. He is the author most recently of The Sierra Railway.

Event date: 
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd Street
Davis, CA 95616
A Tale of Two Bridges: The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges of 1936 and 2013 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943859269
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Published: University of Nevada Press - April 3rd, 2017