A Heartfelt Farewell

The Golden Gate Bridge Manager, Kary Witt, has announced his retirement and the Bridge District put together a very nice retrospective video of his tenure.

Kary assumed his current position not long after I hired on in 1999. I had the opportunity to work with him on a number of projects in my 15 year career there. No matter if it was late at night or early in the morning I could count on Kary to be professional, accessible and friendly. I think that we got along well together because we both share a certain “skewed” sense of humor.

Looking back, it was interesting for me to be able to watch Kary grow into his job as Bridge Manager. The challenges he faced and the solutions he came up with after 9/11 are a testament to his ability to assess, adapt and move forward. His tireless work on the Moveable Median System, the Suicide Barrier and the automatic Electronic Toll Collection System is indicative of his skills at managing tasks and working with others.

I hope that you enjoy your post-bridge life as much as I am enjoying mine. You are a hard act to follow, my friend.



  10 comments for “A Heartfelt Farewell

  1. April 15, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Heartfelt and impressive, and it reenforces the magic of this iconic jewel.


    • April 16, 2017 at 6:09 AM

      Thanks for your comment, Sally. Many’s the time that I felt like I was inside a Portal to the Past when I worked at the bridge. I couldn’t help but feel connected to the men who were there before me as I crawled, climbed or walked where they had gone before. Those men were certainly on my mind when it came time to modify, replace, or add conduit and boxes to solve today’s challenges. It was the experience of a lifetime and I am so glad that I did it.


  2. April 15, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Sounds like a great guy. Loved the video.


  3. alstacer
    April 14, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Really cool! More insight into why it meant so much to you. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Pan
    April 14, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    I like how he defined “the bridge” from an insider’s special view.. It reminds so much of how you write about it.. 💛


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