Official: "Fighting Chance" for 2013 Bay Bridge Opening

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials overseeing construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge say the $6.3 billion span still "has a fighting chance" to open this year, despite concerns over structural issues.

Citing myriad problems that have dogged the span's construction, state lawmakers on Tuesday grilled officials overseeing the project about the decision to use a type of seismic safety rods, 32 of which broke after being tightened in March.

Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, says testing indicated the rods in question broke because of a bad batch of steel.

Officials said other similar rods made in a different batch are not showing similar weaknesses, but further testing will determine if they need to be replaced.

If replacement is needed, the bridge's scheduled Labor Day opening would likely be delayed.

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