Bay Bridge const­ruction celebrated in online exhibit

The latest digital exhibit of the California State Archives provides a look at the construction of the Bay Bridge 80 years after it opened to traffic, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office.

Spanning the Bay: Celebrating the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge” is available online and comes 80 years after the bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 12, 1936.

It’s the story of one of the country’s largest — and ambitious — public works projects.

Master divers plunged to the bottom of the bay to secure the bridge’s foundation and construction workers hung hundreds of feet in the air to complete the main towers.

Padilla said in a statement:

“Thousands risked life and limb-braving the wind, rain and fog-to construct the Bay Bridge. …  Their work changed commerce and life in the Bay Area forever.”

The Google Cultural Institute is hosting the exhibit. It includes rare photos and personal accounts from people who worked on the bridge, Padilla said.