- Dec 10
What a Really Long Bridge Says About Certification
Kryterion was a recent sponsor and exhibitor at the ICE Exchange, the annual conference sponsored by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. This year it was held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
The Coronado Bridge, pictured above, was just a short distance away. It connects San Diego with Coronado Island, a separate, incorporated community of 18,000 residents.
The bridge was almost never built because the U.S. Navy feared that it would be vulnerable to collapse from earthquakes or attacks. In either event, ships would be trapped at Naval Base San Diego, home of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The Navy eventually removed its objections when engineers agreed to raise the bridge to a height of 200’, enough vertical clearance for an aircraft carrier to pass underneath.
Achieving that towering clearance at an incline of 4.7 percent—the maximum allowed for vehicular safety—would require long approaches.
While San Diego Bay, which separates San Diego from Coronado Island, is only 2,500’ wide at its narrowest point, the length of the bridge is 11,179’.
It includes a sweeping 80-degree curve to create the horizontal distance necessary for a safe, gradual rise to a height of 200’.
The bridge was inaugurated August 3, 1969 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of San Diego.
The first motorist to cross was then California Governor Ronald Reagan.
He drove himself and paid the 60-cent toll each way.
He later told the press it was the best $1.20 bridge-inauguration expenditure of his administration.
His only wish was that the trip had lasted longer.
What Could This Possibly Have to Do With Credentialing?
A bridge transports people from where they are to where they want to be.
A bridge overcomes obstacles and creates opportunities.
A bridge is a commitment of time, money and effort.
A bridge is an investment in the future.
From our point of view, all that applies to credentialing as well as bridges.
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