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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 recording John Ongaro was a Maintenance Supervisor III for Caltrans. In this interview, Ongaro describes the earthquake damage he saw on I-80, assisting with the rescues of victims on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and working without lights, heat or water in the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Administration building for several days. He also describes some of the damage on the Bay Area bridges and how the tow trucks that were normally assigned to the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge were sent to other bridges.
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Loma Prieta Earthquake, Calif., 1989 California. Department of Transportation
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