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Corrosion Problems on New Bridge Date Back 9 Years

May 20, 2013 | 9:47 am

Corrosion Problems on New Bridge Date Back 9 Years

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Update at 1:10 p.m: Caltrans has responded to the Sacramento Bee report: “All the Skyway tendons are stressed, properly grouted, and performing as designed and will do so for the next 150 years.” Update at 10:15 a.m: Governor Jerry Brown said that he takes safety concerns about the Bay Bridge “very seriously, and that thing’s […]

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Officials: New Bay Bridge Span Could Still Open By Labor Day

May 15, 2013 | 8:51 am

Officials: New Bay Bridge Span Could Still Open By Labor Day

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by Jason Dearen, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The new $6.3 billion eastern portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge still “has a fighting chance” to open this year, despite concerns over structural issues, officials overseeing its construction said Tuesday. Citing myriad problems that have dogged the span’s construction, state lawmakers grilled the officials […]

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Federal, State Officials Investigate Caltrans’ Handling of San Francisco Bay Bridge

May 14, 2013 | 9:39 am

Federal, State Officials Investigate Caltrans’ Handling of San Francisco Bay Bridge

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California Transportation Department officials are facing inquiries from both state and federal officials about the new Bay Bridge span, The Associated Press reports. Caltrans managers will answer questions from the state Legislature at a hearing Tuesday in Sacramento. And the Federal Highway Administration announced on Monday it will investigate the way the state has handled […]

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May 13, 2013 | 9:08 am

Bay Bridge Structural Problems May Extend to Base of Tower

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The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jaxon Van Derbeken reported over the weekend that the iconic tower of the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span is secured by 424 galvanized steel rods that may be at risk of cracking. Unlike the almost 1,900 other problematic steel rods embedded in the span, Caltrans cannot easily inspect or replace those […]

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The Ongoing Bay Bridge Repair Controversy (Timeline)

May 9, 2013 | 9:13 am

The Ongoing Bay Bridge Repair Controversy (Timeline)

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In the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, one section of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge’s eastern span collapsed onto the lower deck. The bridge was closed for repairs for a month. In 2002, reconstruction started on a self-anchored suspension bridge to replace the eastern span, and it is scheduled to open around Labor Day […]

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Caltrans: Bay Bridge Repair Could Cost $10 Million; Hopes For Scheduled Labor Day Opening

May 8, 2013 | 12:27 pm

Caltrans: Bay Bridge Repair Could Cost $10 Million; Hopes For Scheduled Labor Day Opening

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The planned repair for seismic safety rods that snapped on the new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge could cost between $5 million to $10 million, a state transportation official said on Wednesday. California Transportation Commission Executive Director Andre Boutros told a meeting of the Bay Area Toll Authority that […]

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Rainwater Might Have Damaged Flawed Bay Bridge Bolts

April 10, 2013 | 12:12 pm

Rainwater Might Have Damaged Flawed Bay Bridge Bolts

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The bolts snap, the plot thickens. California Transportation Department officials at a meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday said that faulty bolts being used in the construction of a new span of the Bay Bridge might have been damaged by rainwater, reports KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm. They also said they can’t promise the bridge […]

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(Document) More Bay Bridge Parts to be Examined

April 3, 2013 | 2:30 pm

(Document) More Bay Bridge Parts to be Examined

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How much of the new Bay Bridge span is faulty? Eager to get an answer to that question, investigators will scrutinize every single part supplied by Dyson Corp, Bay Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon told KQED’s Tara Siler. The Ohio company made threaded rods (also called bolts) that snapped when tightened last month, and also supplied […]

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Arrests Reported in Tree-Sitting Bypass Protest

March 21, 2013 | 12:22 pm

Arrests Reported in Tree-Sitting Bypass Protest

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From her vantage point in a ponderosa pine, Amanda Senseman—better known as Warbler—can see for miles. Thursday morning she spotted something that made her angry: California Highway Patrol officers arresting folks who share her opposition to a Highway 101 bypass. Warbler said at least one of the protesters was chanting support for the tree sitter, […]

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Millbrae Intersections Continue to Claim Victims

December 7, 2012 | 10:50 am

Millbrae Intersections Continue to Claim Victims

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by Zusha Elinson, The Bay Citizen A perilous stretch of El Camino Real in Millbrae where the state was found liable in 2010 for endangering pedestrians continues to claim victims as people try to cross the busy six-lane thoroughfare. Caltrans was ordered to pay $8 million to the family of Emily Liou, who was struck […]

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