Amazing: The Rebuilding of the MacArthur
a half-hour television special which tells the remarkable
story of the fiery collapse and rebuilding (in
only 26 days) of a key connector in the Bay
Area’s MacArthur Maze, where three major
freeways meet just east of the San
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
was produced and directed by
David L. Brown,
winner of two Emmy Awards for "The Bridge So
Far," his recent documentary on the Bay Bridge.
tells the story of the Maze reconstruction from
the perspectives of all the main players in the
drama: the now legendary contractor C.C.
Myers; Caltrans Director Will Kempton
and his Caltrans engineers; the Arizona steel
fabricator whose company built the steel
girders; the firefighter who responded to the
accident; and the reporters who covered the
In addition to interviews,
includes a wide variety of news and archival
footage of the entire 26-day process beginning
with the fire that melted and collapsed the
structure and an animated depiction of the
gasoline tanker truck which overturned and
created the fireball. The film captures the
vivid impressions of the first responders, the
overnight creation of new design plans, and C.C.
Myers capturing the winning bid, planning on a
large bonus for early completion. Viewers will
see how Caltrans and the Myers team tracked down
enough steel and worked day and night to rebuild
the structure in record time.
Emmy Award-winning animation team from
"The Bridge So Far" enhances the
educational and entertainment aspects of the
special: 3-D animation by Rick Pepper depicts
the accident and rebuilding, and humorous
cartoon animation by Charlie Canfield portrays
key moments in the story.
is the first broadcast entertainment/documentary
on this extraordinary story.