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In the wake of the October 17, 1989, Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. This recording is the Loma Prieta Oral History of Ray Kafer, Toll Bridge Maintenance Supervisor for Caltrans District 4 [note: there is no introduction to this recording]. In this interview, Kafer describes the earthquake damage at the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Office. Kafer had Tow Truck Drivers remove all of the abandoned vehicles on both sides of the damaged bridge. He also had the crews shut down access to the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and diverting traffic. Part of the shutdown was also to keep the public away because right after the earthquake, Caltrans did not know how extensive the damage was to the bridge. In the days after the Loma Prieta Earthquake was to extend the Tow Trucks to all bridges in the Bay Area and highway 17. This recording is a personal recollection of what it was like to work in Tow Services after a major disaster.
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Earthquakes--California--Loma Prieta Loma Prieta Earthquake, Calif., 1989
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