OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Caltrans officials said Monday that they’re concerned about leaks on a short section of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge but they’re hopeful they can figure out a solution to the problem soon.
“It’s something that we’re taking seriously but we’re aggressively investigating it and we’re confident that we’ll solve it,” Caltrans spokesman Andrew Gordon said while taking reporters on a tour of the span.
A recent routine maintenance inspection revealed that rainwater is dripping into the steel structure beneath the road deck on the 0.3-mile self-anchored suspension portion of the bridge, Gordon said.
The concern is that the leaks could cause corrosion at some point in the future, he said.
“We don’t want this to continue for the life of the bridge,” Gordon said, noting that the $6.4 billion new eastern span, which just opened on Labor Day, is expected to last at least 100 years.
Caltrans officials haven’t yet determined how the rainwater is getting in or the exact location where the water is leaking.
“We’re exploring all possibilities of how it got in and all possible locations for where it has gotten in,” Gordon said.