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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 the interview, Georgia McCorvey was a Caltrans Maintenance Lead Worker. When the Loma Prieta earthquake happened McCorvey was traveling on southbound 580 and noticed that the freeway was moving. She parked on the shoulder to the High Street exit and learned over the radio that the upper deck of Bay Bridge had collapsed. She then drove to her house in Oakland to check on her home and then reported to work at the Ettie Street Yard. After reporting to Ettie Street, she was asked to report to the Telegraph Maintenance Yard. In the days and weeks after the Loma Prieta earthquake McCovey was responsible for work crews that consisted of Caltrans employees from District 1, 5, and 10 where she would assign work, keep track of the equipment and hours worked. Some of the areas the crews worked on were on Interstates 80, 980, 580 and State Route 13.
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