WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Gov. Jerry Brown doesn’t appear to be losing any sleep over the cracked bolts on the unopened new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, telling reporters, “Look, sh*t happens.”
Brown made the comments Tuesday at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento – for the first time openly addressing the discovery of 32 brittle, defective bolts on the new $6 billion eastern span.READ MORE: COVID Job Market: Signs Of Recovery As California Adds Jobs For 2nd Month
Those anchor bolts recently snapped when they were tightened; the bolts were manufactured in 2008 and are believed to have failed because too much exposure to hydrogen made them brittle. Questions were then raised about the long-term strength of another 192 similar bolts along the span.
Public reaction about the use of questionable bolts has transportation officials seeking to reassure the community that safety is the top priority, regardless of the timeline.READ MORE: San Francisco Supervisor Joins Calls For Emergency Funding At City College Amid Looming Layoffs
Regarding the safety concerns, Brown told reporters it was too early to “pull our hair out” and that he was “optimistic until proven otherwise.”
On Wednesday, transportation officials are expected to detail plans to repair and replace the defective bolts.
As KPIX 5 reported Monday, the fate of the planned Labor Day opening of the new span may not be known for some time.MORE NEWS: Giants’ Pitcher Cueto Goes On 10-Day Injured List With Lat Strain
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