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Calif. official: Bay Bridge fix could take weeks

Published: Wed, April 10, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m.

Calif. official: Bay Bridge fix could take weeks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California transportation official says it could take weeks or even months to find a solution for bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

California Transportation Commission Chief Engineer Stephen Maller made the comments at a meeting today, raising concerns that the span will not be ready in time to open on Labor Day as planned.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said her city needs timely notification of any possible delay in the bridge’s opening to help avoid impacts to local businesses, particularly hotels.

Quan and Maller spoke at a meeting of a state transportation department board.

The bolts that snapped last month connect steel earthquake safety devices called shear keys to the deck of the span and a large concrete cap.


1rickking123(331 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Cheap Chinese steel.

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2cambridge(4150 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

You're right about the cheap Chinese steel. A lot of it had to be reworked after it arrived and a lot of welds on prefab sections had to be ground out and re-welded.

Sad to say that the bolts they are having trouble with came from a company called Dyson in Painesville, Ohio. That's not to say that the bolts weren't made in China though.


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