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Driving Through Coronado

Posted by on 25 December 2010

Coronado is my favorite part of San Diego. The historic Hotel del Coronado was the largest wooden building in the US when it was built more than a century ago . . . and it still is, today. Then we cross the enormous Coronado Bridge, completed and opened in July of 1969, the month before my family moved to San Diego.

The 'zippers' I keep talking about in the video are two machines that move large concrete blocks from one side of the middle lane to the other side on the bridge. It's a 5-lane bridge, so in the morning, it's 3 lanes inbound to San Diego, 2 lanes into Coronado. Late in the morning, the two zipper-mobiles drive across the bridge. As the front of the vehicle comes to the concrete block, the block is lifted on a conveyor under the machine, then dropped off at the opposite corner of the zipper. Each one is only long enough and wide enough to move the blocks half a lane, so the two travel in mated pairs, moving the blocks across the entire center lane twice each day. It's fun to watch; the weirdest mix of high tech and low tech I've seen.

The incidental music is "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" from ELO's "Eldorado"

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