OAKLAND (KCBS) – A new concern has arisen with some of the bolts used on the new $6.5 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
There is now an alignment problem with some of the bolts that attach the main cable on the east side to the deck of the span.
Bridge officials said now, more than 200 of the bolts are less than 10 millimeters from the holes which they are placed. Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman Randy Rentschler said the off-center bolts could be damaged from friction during an earthquake.
“One way to solve it is to cut the hole a little bigger. They haven’t decided yet what to do, but this is looking forward and making sure everything is okay,” Rentschler said. “Everything is fine right now, but the bridge moves a lot with weather and wind and they just want to be extra cautious.”