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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 John Lich was a Maintenance Supervisor for Caltrans at the Cupertino Maintenance Station. When the Loma Prieta earthquake happened, he was at home in San Jose. After the shaking stopped, Lich went to his State Truck to listen to the two-way radio and from that he heard about the damage to the Bay Bridge and the Cypress structure. Lich then called in the radio mentioning he was reporting to work and to inspect the section of roadway that he was responsible. He inspected a section of Route 280 that had received some ruptures to the roadway and part of the sound wall that was under construction collapsed. However, he had no electricity or telephones in his area right after the earthquake. He had to get people and equipment from other maintenance yards to be able to do the needed repairs. Lich also describes some of the things that could be improved before the next earthquake happens.
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