Caltrans tried to keep Bay Bridge concerns quiet

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January 22, 2014 5:27:14 PM PST
Several engineers who worked on the new Bay Bridge say there were attempts to keep safety concerns quiet, according to an investigation by an independent consultant for the senate transportation committee.

The report, obtained by ABC7 News media partner, the Bay Area News Group, claims Caltrans managers fired critics and reassigned outspoken engineers.

The report was released Wednesday in advance of the committee's hearing about the issue on Friday.

Cracked bolts and broken rods on the eastern span led to delays and added $100 million to bridge construction costs.