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Location DB > United States > California > San Francisco > Presidio Parkway
Presidio Parkway
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created by RescueMe1060 on 3/18/2014 5:57 PM
last modified by RescueMe1060 on 3/18/2014 6:13 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
It was once an elevated platform of HWY 101 that led up to the approach to the GG bridge toll booths. It has since been demolished since I took these pictures
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

San Francisco, California
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • Security Guard on construction site
  •  Interesting Features
    The view of the GG bridge and Crissy Field from the elevated platform.
     Security Measures
  • 24 hour guard
  • cameras
  • Cameras above the tunnel that watch traffic
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1933
    Closed: 2012
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    The former elevated approach to the Golden Gate Bridge through the San Francisco Presidio, known as Doyle Drive, dated to 1933 and was named after Frank P. Doyle, President and son of the founder of the Exchange Bank in Santa Rosa, and the man, who more than any other person, made it possible to build the Golden Gate Bridge. The highway carried about 91,000 vehicles each weekday between downtown San Francisco and the North Bay and points north. The road was deemed "vulnerable to earthquake damage", has a problematic 4-lane design, and lacks shoulders, and a San Francisco County Transportation Authority study recommended that the current structure be replaced. Construction on the $1 billion replacement, temporarily known as the Presidio Parkway, began in December 2009.
     Media Coverage
    Modern knowledge of the effect of earthquakes on structures led to a program to retrofit the Golden Gate to better resist seismic events. The proximity of the bridge to the San Andreas Fault places it at risk for a significant earthquake. Once thought to have been able to withstand any magnitude of foreseeable earthquake, the bridge was actually vulnerable to complete structural failure (i.e., collapse) triggered by the failure of supports on the 320-foot (98 m) arch over Fort Point. A $392 million program was initiated to improve the structure's ability to withstand such an event with only minimal (reparable) damage. One challenging undertaking is completing this program without disrupting traffic.
     Future Plans
    The elevated Doyle Drive was demolished on the weekend of April 27–30, 2012. Traffic now uses a part of the partially completed Presidio Parkway, which is expected to be completed in 2015. As of May 2012, an official at Caltrans said there is no plan to permanently rename the portion known as Doyle Drive.

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    Abandoned Presidio Parkway
    Tue, Mar 18th, 2014
    posted by RescueMe1060
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/23/2014 12:44 AM.

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  • on May 23 14 at 0:44, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:14, RescueMe1060 made this location available
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:13, RescueMe1060 changed the following: Real Name, Notes for Mods, Type, City, Province / State (please use full name), Country, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite, Publically Viewable, History, Year Built, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:07, RescueMe1060 updated gallery picture steel beams
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:07, RescueMe1060 updated gallery picture GG red
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:06, RescueMe1060 updated gallery picture graffiti underneath the old highway
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:06, RescueMe1060 updated gallery picture the old highway approach to the GG
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:06, RescueMe1060 updated gallery picture the new tunnel looking southward
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:06, RescueMe1060 updated gallery picture the new tunnel
  • on Mar 18 14 at 18:05, RescueMe1060 updated gallery Abandoned Presidio Parkway
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