In their haste to finish the $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, California officials ordered engineers to overlook cracked welds and other flaws and to avoid documenting problems, two former workers told a state Senate committee yesterday.
Engineers spotted “hundreds” of cracks in welds on parts produced for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 2008 and were encouraged to stay quiet rather than delay the $6.4 billion project, according to a California Senate committee report.
A new span of the San Francisco- Oakland Bay Bridge will open to traffic on Sept. 3, a day after the U.S. Labor Day holiday and 11 years after work began, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said.
China Communications Construction Co., the country’s biggest port builder, delayed plans to raise as much as $3 billion in a Shanghai share sale amid weakness in the stock market, said Chairman Zhou Jichang.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, since 1936 the main artery between San Francisco and the rest of the country, will close tonight as crews ready the $6.4 billion replacement of its earthquake-damaged eastern span.
Eight years after a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, California officials said they’d spend $1.28 billion to replace the damaged eastern span by 2004.
The operator of the San Francisco- Oakland Bay Bridge and six other spans in the area is selling $750 million in tax-exempt bonds toward a $9 billion program to strengthen the structures against earthquakes.
Bonds sold to finance the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and other structures near the California cities traded at their widest penalty to benchmark municipal debt since 2012 after the opening of the $6.3 billion east span was delayed.