Feds never inspected Bay Bridge repairs

June 14, 2010 10:30:21 AM PDT
There are new reports that a promise by Caltrans to get federal authorities to inspect the emergency repairs on the Bay Bridge apparently never happened.

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According to the San Francisco Examiner, Caltrans did not get the inspections from outside agencies after work on a cracked eye bar was completed last Monday.

Caltrans says the Examiner is splitting hairs; a spokesperson says while there was no formal federal inspection, authorities were onsite and gave advice, input and opinions on the repairs and testing.

Caltrans initially discovered the cracked eye-bar during a Labor Day weekend closure, but that repair failed weeks later when large steel parts crashed onto the eastern span during the evening commute.

That led to a six-day closure.

Caltrans warns the bridge will close again in the coming months to make more permanent repairs.

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