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The Never-Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge


The Never Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge CityLab

The Never Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge CityLab

Source: http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/04/the-...

The Golden Gate Bridge is under attack. Corrosive salt air, roadway contaminants, age, UV rays—all these things are trying to turn the majestic span into a pitted skeleton.

Luckily the bridge has a powerful ally: an elite squad of painters, numbering just a few dozen. These busy operatives scurry up, down, and around the span on a never-ending quest to keep it protected and looking sharp.

The job has its ups and downs. There's the swinging through the sky, the whale-watching, and the wielding of badass tools reminiscent of alien torture implements. Less nice, there's a weird kind of marine vertigo and regular exposure to suicides. But Chad Allan sounds like he'd prefer nothing else.

"From A to Z, it's just unbelievable what we're up against and what we're actually able to get done," says the 37-year-old journeyman painter.

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It's a small world but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.

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