Flaws in Bay Bridge Rods Renew Quake Safety Questions

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State officials have approved spending $4 million to test the eastern span of the Bay Bridge after recent inspections raised questions about the integrity of the steel rods that anchor the new span's tower. The $6.4 billion span has been plagued with problems since it opened two years ago. Recent tests found that salt water has infiltrated the bridge and may be causing corrosion, and that has many asking whether the new span could withstand a major earthquake.

Guests:

Jaxon Van Derbeken, reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and member of the Bay Bridge Oversight Committee

Brian Maroney, chief bridge engineer for Caltrans

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