Safety Questions Delay Bay Bridge Work

Thu February 19, 2009 - West Edition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The discovery of cracks in the welding of steel girders that support part of the Bay Bridge’s eastern span is causing delays in construction.

Caltrans records show the cracks were reported last year by inspectors hired to check portions of the new span which were made in China.

Caltrans said that the welds have been fixed and are safe. They said they’re running against the clock, trying to finish the new eastern span by their targeted 2013 date.

The sections that raised questions were supposed to arrive in October, but now they aren’t expected until April.