We would like to give our deepest condolences to everyone who lives within 50-miles of San Francisco, as their commute has just increased by at least an hour in each direction. Which means that Bay Area traffic worsens from its current level (about as bad as you can imagine) to Dante's third-concentric circle of Hell (that's where the sowers of discord and schism hang). A tanker truck crashed, its fuel load caught fire and the bridge on the Emeryville side simply melted. Amazingly, no one was killed. The Governator is on the scene and has already declared a state of emergency. The upside? All trains, buses and ferries are free for the next little while. The downside? It's not going to make one damn iota of difference traffic-wise. It should be noted that Bay Area-ites managed to soldier on without the Cypress Structure for eight-years after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. So, they'll be OK. Look for local residents/environmental whack jobs to tie up construction well into Kucinitch's second term.

Bay Bridge Maze Collapses [sanfranciscosentinel.com]

The Mighty Bay Bridge [Internal]

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