Pelosi, Thompson, Woolsey Deliver $3.3 Million for Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit

Mar 5, 2005
Press Release

Pelosi, Thompson, Woolsey Deliver $3.3 Million for Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Lynn Woolsey and Mike Thompson announced today the release of more than $3.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the ongoing seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the first installment of the $5 million the representatives secured in the fiscal year 2005 transportation bill.

"The Golden Gate Bridge is a beloved American symbol that deserves significant federal investment," Pelosi said. "These funds will help save lives and ensure that this national landmark will survive in the event of an earthquake or terrorist attack."

"This money will help complete the seismic retrofit project that will protect the structural integrity of the bridge and help ensure the continued flow of traffic to and from the North Bay in the event of an earthquake or other emergency situation," Woolsey said. "The Golden Gate Bridge is a not only a national treasure, but is also a vital traffic corridor for the people of Marin and Sonoma Counties."

Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit measures are designed to minimize damage caused by the ground motions of an earthquake. These funds will support the third and final phase of the project, which will retrofit the suspension span, towers, south pier and fender, north anchorage, and north pylon. This construction is estimated to create 1,240 jobs in areas such as materials fabrication, shipping, and construction.

"The Golden Gate Bridge is the gateway to California's North Coast," Thompson said. "This funding will ensure that the bridge is secure in the event of an earthquake or disaster, allowing people to safely travel between San Francisco and counties to the north."

The Golden Gate Bridge carries 42 million vehicles and is visited by more than 10 million people annually. However, it could fail during an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 or greater on the nearby San Andreas or Hayward faults. This ongoing construction project will retrofit the bridge to withstand earthquakes up to magnitude 8.3.

Pelosi obtained an additional $11 million in high-priority funding for the seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge, plus $10 million per year for fiscal years 2004-2009 in the transportation bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill authorized more than $72 million for transportation projects in California's Eighth Congressional District.

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