Approximately 260,000 vehicles cross the Bay Bridge each day. Almost as many outrageous ideas have been thrown around for a second transverse span since the original opened in 1936.
The Bay Bridge is a workhorse of the region’s transit infrastructure, but planners, politicians, and lunatics have for decades made proposals to build another structure in the San Francisco Bay area to alleviate the burden. traffic and facilitate travel. A recent search of The Chronicle’s archives revealed photos, sketches, and stories that have remained hidden – many for good reason – for years, and they show a penchant for the fantastic (a crossed clover leaf!) butterfly bridge).