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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 Loma Prieta Earthquake Larry McPeak was Caltrans Maintenance Superintendent II for Caltrans. In the interview he describes his own personal earthquake experience driving on 680 near Fremont and the scanner in his car having all these messages from the Office of Emergency Services all of a sudden. He made it to his residence and at a neighbor’s house learned what had happened at the Bay Bridge and Cypress Structure. In the days after the earthquake McPeak worked at the San Leandro Maintenance Yard coordinating supplies and people to work at the Cypress Structure. He also sent crews and supplies to repair the damage on Interstate 80 near Gilman exit where there the pavement had broken. He also sent four crews to do Bridge Inspections to check for damage due to aftershocks. Then McPeak had a crew widen the 92 Ramp between southbound 880 to westbound 92 to be able to handle the additional commute traffic due to the closure of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. Some of the other things McPeak was responsible for was to remove the debris from Cypress Structure, fencing for the Structure for security reasons and answering questions from the public that came in.
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