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Thu, Mar 28, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Bolts Found Broken on New Bay Bridge Span


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Steel rods on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge were found broken after engineers returned to check on the nuts they tightened.
Deborah Svoboda/KQED
Steel rods on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge were found broken after engineers returned to check on the nuts they tightened.

More than 30 large bolts on a section of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge broke after workers tightened them. Bridge officials said on Wednesday that the bolts, ranging from nine to 25 feet in length, are located on the eastern foundation of the new self-anchored suspension bridge. We talk with Steve Heminger, head of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, about what the discovery means for the safety of the new $6.4 billion span -- and for its scheduled opening Labor Day weekend.

Host: Joshua Johnson

Guests:

  • Steve Heminger, executive director for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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