Edit ModuleShow Tags

Meet the VIP of the Coronado Bridge

What it's like to work in the center divide of our iconic bridge


Published:

Roger Stonebreaker | Photo by Robert Benson

Roger Stonebreaker

Age: 55
Employer: Caltrans
Job: Maintenance, Coronado Bay Bridge

Ten times a week, Roger Stonebreaker and his crew “take the wall.” In this context, (Game of Thrones reference aside) that entails boarding a machine called “the Zipper” and physically moving the Coronado Bridge’s center divide one lane over to ease the flow of commuter traffic. “I love my job,” says Stonebreaker, aka “Stoney,” an apropos nickname given that his primary task involves the shifting of 1,400-pound cement blocks.

Stonebreaker, who has worked for Caltrans for 17.5 years, is part of a five-person team that maintains the bridge, which also includes duties like painting, emergency tow service, and preserving the catwalk or underside. “I’m the sew person. We do 30-foot curtains for 100 percent containment [when repairs are needed],” he says. “I have two sewing machines, an industrial and a baby one.”

The crew also keeps the bridge clear of debris, which, according to Stoney, is “the only time it really gets to be iffy,” because “you have to get out and clear it and you’re in a live lane.” But the payoff is that breathtaking view. When asked if it ever gets old, he says, “Oh no noooooo! It’s killer. This is my spot, man.”


Fun Fact:

A one-way trip across the bridge in the Zipper takes about 2.5 hours.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

11 Fitness Fashion Finds for the New Year

Updating your workout wardrobe is no sweat

Inside a Stunning 'Forever Home' in Del Mar

Empty nesters overhaul their second story to let in panoramic ocean views for years to come

A Family Afar: Seattle Is So San Diego

From the far ends of the West Coast, the two cities are strikingly similar
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2018
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. First Look: Cloak & Petal
    The owners of Tajima bring Japanese small plates to Little Italy with Cloak & Petal
  3. Your Guide to San Diego's Best Happy Hours
    Here's where to throw back a cold one while the sun's still out
  4. 15 Coolest Jobs in San Diego and How to Get Them
    We asked 15 San Diego professionals with the coolest jobs in town how they landed their gigs—and how we could steal them
  5. Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out: Which Burger is Better?
    Pitting NYC’s burger icon against the king of SoCal
  6. The San Diego Lager Boom
    Why light, crisp, and flavorful is the next “new” thing
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags