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Caltrans Eyes Possible Fine Over Bay Bridge Work

New problems with the bridge pushed the work past the Dec 31st deadline.

Mon January 05, 2015 - West Edition
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The main contractor on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is facing a possible fine of $25,000 a day for as long as the $6.4 billion bridge remains unfinished, a newspaper reported.

Rust spots remain on paint, and dozens of sleeves for steel anchor rods at the foundation of the bridge’s tower must be filled with grout or grease after poor construction resulted in the holes flooding with rainwater, the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week.

The state Department of Transportation earlier reserved the right to impose the fine against the contractor, American Bridge/Fluor, if it didn’t finish by Dec. 31. At the time, however, the problem with the sleeves had not been discovered, the Chronicle reported.

“It looks like it’s bleeding into January,” said Andrew Fremier, deputy director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Brian Mershon, a spokesman for Fluor Corp., said the company might have comment later Wednesday.

Other problems that have surfaced since the bridge opened in September 2013 include misaligned steel rods that anchor the bridge’s main cable.

Caltrans in July took some of the blame for problems and agreed to pay $3 million to American Bridge/Fluor to finish work by the end of 2014.

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