This morning, at approximately 3:40am, an oil tanker exploded and the flames melted the supports for the freeway intersection at the 580, 880 and 80 (aka "MacArthur Maze"). This is one of the most heavily trafficked areas of any freeway up here that I've ever experienced--it's basically THE hub for all the traffic between San Francisco and the East Bay. Kind of ridiculous. Traffic is going to be a nightmare in the next few months; I'm just glad I don't drive into the city, like, ever. However, the affected freeways are also the main freeways for the Oakland Airport, as well as the ones you take to get to the bridges that cross to San Mateo, Mountain View, etc. and generally where you go when you're leaving the East Bay (say, to get to I5).photo from SF Chronicle media
For more information, go to any of these articles:
- NY Times
- SF Chronicle
- SF Chronicle Alternate Routes
- SF Chronicle Alternate Routes image
- SF Chronicle on Schwarzenneger's Plans
Happy Sunday...I'm guessing BART is gonna be packed--especially since they may be offering free rides for a while...hopefully we'll know more specifics about the freeway closures and where you can actually get through soon. I'll keep ya posted, oh loyal 8 readers!