Watch 11.5 years of Bay Bridge construction compressed to four seconds

Choose: you can watch the video below to see the 11.5 years that took to build the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge compressed down to four minutes OR just watch the four-second GIF above for four minutes. Life is short, my friends.

Watch A San Francisco Bridge Go Up In Just 4 Minutes

It took $6.4 billion and 11-and-a-half years to build the new, hopefully earthquake-proof eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. That's a lot of money and time, but now you can watch the last five years of construction happen in just four minutes.

As The Week notes, streaming video company EarthCam began capturing footage of the bridge's construction in 2008. The updated bridge opened yesterday, so EarthCam released their video, comprised of nearly 2 million images that capture 42,000 hours of construction.

This new span of the bridge replaces the earthquake-vulnerable span that partially collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The project has been under construction since January 2002.

I bet the locals wish it could have been finished in just four minutes. Or months. Or years.