Caltrans admits Labor Day weekend opening of new Bay Bridge span may be delayed

April 10, 2013 11:12:01 AM PDT
The Labor Day weekend opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge may be delayed, unless engineers can find a way to shore up defective bolts in time.

Those broken bolts were supposed to be part of the expensive construction of the new eastern span to keep it from falling apart in a major earthquake.

The current eastern span was damaged 23 years ago in the Loma Prieta earthquake and it's cost taxpayers nearly $6.5 billion so far.

Several weeks ago Caltrans crews discovered that about a third of 96 bolts installed on the new $6.4 billion snapped within days of being tightened.


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