Officials said that despite the leaks on the Bay Bridge, the span is safe to drive across.
A Caltrans spokesman said Tuesday that non-standard weld connections that were used to hold road deck sections together on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge won’t affect the bridge’s performance during earthquakes.
The staff of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is recommending a gradual $2 toll increase on the bridge over the next four years.
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 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.
The recent rain has revealed that part of the steel structure which is supposed to be watertight is leaking.
When the bad bolts for the Bay Bridge’s eastern became big news, Gov. Jerry Brown commissioned a transportation group from the University of Wisconsin to study Caltrans—at the cost of $270,000—and last week, their findings were released in a report.
A new report commissioned by California’s top transportation officials concludes that the state department in charge of highway planning and construction needs a major overhaul.
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.
Several engineers testified Friday at a hearing in Sacramento that more safety testing should have been done before the new Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge opened up.