California Senator Mark DeSaulnier Calls For Criminal Investigation Of Bay Bridge’s Flawed Construction
State Senator Mark DeSaulnier thinks the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge was a fiasco. A recent investigation could result in criminal charges based on what he and many others consider substandard work.
A committee overseeing the new Bay Bridge eastern span project is going to pay another $3 million to fix several mistakes with the span, including rust-stained paint, misaligned rods and now a new problem – malfunctioning maintenance scaffolds.
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.
From emergency repairs, to questionable construction, the Bay Bridge has had plenty of problems on both spans recently. Here’s a list of some highlights in our coverage.
Officials said that despite the leaks on the Bay Bridge, the span is safe to drive across.
The nearly $49 million in bonuses include $20 million paid by the state to American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises for completing the job on time.
Caltrans is already facing tough questions raised in the wake of a highly critical report and a state senate committee hearing on engineers’ alerting agency managers about cracked welds on the Bay Bridge’s eastern span.
The corrosion tests are meant to see how the rods will perform over decades and under tension.
Next Wednesday, July 10, is the day local transportation officials have said they would announce if the new Bay Bridge will open as planned this Labor Day weekend.
Another set of problematic bolts have been discovered on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, according to transit officials.