Google helps envision the future of the Bay Bridge

In a partnership between Google and the California Department of Transportation, Google Earth users can get a live representation of construction progress on the Bay Bridge.

This week, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced a partnership with Google to bring the planned Bay Bridge to Google Earth. The bridge, under construction since 2002 and slated to be completed in 2013, will be mapped in Google Earth, with the currently-under-construction and completed portions visible in varying opacities.

We rode along with Google Earth co-founder Michael Jones to take a look at the live site construction in the San Francisco Bay. Take a look into the future in Google Earth, here (zipped file).

As construction continues on the new Bay Bridge, left, Google Earth users can get live updates on the construction progress.
As construction continues on the new Bay Bridge, left, Google Earth users can get live updates on the construction progress. James Martin/CNET

As new sections of the bridge are put into place, the interactive feature allows users to see specific details of constrruction, such as weight and placement of bridge panels.
As new sections of the bridge are put into place, the interactive feature allows users to see specific details of construction, such as weight and placement of bridge panels. James Martin/CNET

Google hopes to work with other agencies worldwide to model planned projects, hoping to more openly inform the public of future projects.
Google hopes to work with other agencies worldwide to model planned projects, hoping to more openly inform the public of future projects. James Martin/CNET

Google Earth co-founder and chief technology advocate Michael Jones, left, and the boat's captain, right, sail from Oakland towards the Western side of the Bay Bridge.
Google Earth co-founder and chief technology advocate Michael Jones, left, and the boat's captain, right, sail from Oakland toward the Western side of the Bay Bridge. James Martin/CNET

You can get more details on the new Google Earth feature in our story, " Google tapped for new 3D view of the Bay Bridge ."

About the author

James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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