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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. Bob Travis was a Senior Bridge Engineer based out of Farmers' Market in Sacramento when the Loma Prieta Earthquake occurred. In this interview Bob Travis explains the extent of the damage on the highways and bridges throughout the Bay Area attributed to the earthquake. Being a Bridge Engineer, his views of the earthquake damage are important in understanding the damage of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and the collapsed Cypress Street Structure. Bob Travis also explains the initial confusion setting up a coordinated system with various other agencies such as the CHP and Oakland Fire Department to recover casualties as well as organize contractors to stabilize the collapsed Cypress Street Structure. Also of note in Bob's interview is his involvement with the rescue of Buck Helm from his partly crushed car in the Cypress Structure.
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) California Revealed is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.