The $6.4 billion San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in California was built with "advanced safety engineering" techniques and uses components such as hinge-pipe and shear-link beams. In addition, crews have "used more computer modeling than ever conducted on any other bridge," says Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, who claims that the new eastern span "will be much safer than the old bridge in an earthquake." Dougherty says he is absolutely "confident that this bridge is safe. When a large earthquake hits? I think this is one of the places I'd rather be standing."