Looking for Answers on Bay Bridge Delays

Bay Bridge photo Bay-Bridge-Rendering-SAS_zps7261224e.jpgBridge faces delays of up to several months

by Brian Leubitz

The bad bolts on the Bay Bridge now mean that the post Labor Day kickoff will be delayed for weeks, perhaps months:

The Bay Bridge’s broken bolts have busted the schedule, forcing the construction team to postpone for weeks or months the opening of the Bay Area’s new signature bridge while critics lambast the builders for missteps that contributed to the delay.

Citing a longer than expected timetable to retrofit the seismic stabilizers where key anchor rods snapped in March, the span will not open to traffic immediately the morning after Labor Day as planned. No new opening date has been set. (Lisa Vorderbrueggen / BANG)

Bay Area legislators are understandably quite miffed. The current eastern span of the bridge is seismically unstable, and will likely come crashing down in a rather devastating fashion if we have any sort of major earthquake. It certainly would have been nice to see that sort of risk eliminated as soon as possible, however, to ensure the longterm stability of the bridge, the delay probably makes sense. The new span is supposed to last 150 years, and cost untold billions to get this far. It would be almost silly to get anxious over a few months at this point.

However, that being said, the money is real, and the delays are real. And all should have been avoidable.

“Heads should roll,” said Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mark DeSaulnier, D-“Concord. “It’s unconscionable that people have been exposed to so much risk of an earthquake on the old the bridge and paid so much for the new one. People need to be held accountable on these big projects.”

A new report highlighted some of the failures that kept piling upon each other to bring about the delay, but as Sen. DeSaulnier remarked, there is a little desire to find somebody to blame for the mess.

One thought on “Looking for Answers on Bay Bridge Delays”

  1. Just get it done Right !!

    Make sure everything is OK

    But, then start to examine the whole project management process at CalTrans

    WHY were they still using bolts ?

    Why didn’t anyone object ?

    Why weren’t those bolts tested properly ?

    Were there real inspctions of the foundations ?

    Time to reform CalTrans

    And reform the State PUC while you’re at it

    Seems to be a lot of monkey business going on there

    Jerry ??

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