Bay Bridge steel delays may bring fines

Dec 10, 2009 | 11:32 AM | Frank Haflich

State and local authorities are using the threat of penalties to try to expedite the shipment of Chinese-fabricated steel to the United States, the delay of which has complicated progress on a $1.4-billion-plus retrofit of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Tony Anziano, toll bridge program manager for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), told a meeting of the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) in Oakland that a joint venture of American Bridge Co., Coraopolis, Pa., and Fluor Corp., Irving, Texas, is liable for fines of up to $10 million if the first shipment of fabricated sections doesn't leave China by Dec. 31.

The deck sections are part of the retrofit of the suspension portion of the east span of the Bay Bridge that collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. They are part of the $1.43-billion rebuild of the suspension portion of the east span, which the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) wants to complete by 2013. ....

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