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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. At the time of this interview Richard Roberts was a consulting with Caltrans at the San Leandro Resident Engineer Office. Before the earthquake he was working on a project on Webster Tube and the Posey Tube for the rewiring and lighting of both. The next day after the earthquake, he looked at them, and noticed that there was water in the Tubes due to broken pipes, but due to earthquake the finishing of this project was delayed. He then was assigned to do emergency work on adding an HOV lane to the San Mateo Bridge. The first weekend after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Roberts flew his private plane with emergency food and clothes for earthquake victims in Watsonville, CA. The airlift was done out of Buchanan Field. The second earthquake related project was the widening of the approach of from Interstate 880 southbound onto Highway 92 at Jackson Street.
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Loma Prieta Earthquake, Calif., 1989 California. Department of Transportation
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