Bay Bridge steel woes near resolution, but still behind schedule

Sep 24, 2009 | 11:14 AM | Frank Haflich

Weld problems on steel fabricated in China for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are being resolved, although the overall retrofit project remains behind schedule.

There's a "high level of confidence" now that problems with the welds have been addressed, according to an official at two agencies involved in the $1.43-billion rebuild of the east span of the bridge's suspension.

However, Andrew Fermier, deputy executive director of operations at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and deputy executive director of the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), recently pointed out that the suspension portion's rebuild remains substantially behind schedule.....

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