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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 earthquake, Frank Heggli, Senior Bridge Engineer for Caltrans in Sacramento. When the earthquake happened, Heggli was on vacation in Atlanta, GA and was watching the World Series. When he saw the damage to the Bay Bridge, he made the decision to reduce his vacation and return to California. In the days after the earthquake, Heggli was in charge of the bridge investigations for Caltrans District 4. He worked out of the Toll Bridge design facilities and would direct the operations for various employees to go out and inspect bridges. Heggli was also doing emergency design work at the same time. He worked alongside Tom Harrington to do all of this for well over one month.
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Earthquakes--California--Loma Prieta Loma Prieta Earthquake, Calif., 1989
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